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AM/FM/RDS/SW STEREO WORLD BAND RECEIVER; PHASE LOOP LOCK TUNING RADIO; 406 PRESETS; SSB (SINGLE SIDE BAND): USB/LSB 40 HZ STEP ON FINE TUNING; DUAL CONVERSION; ATS (AUTO TUNE SYSTEM); BUILT-IN RAPID BATTERY CHARGER; ALARM BY BUZZER OR RADIO; BLACK
This review is from: Sangean ATS-909X BK Shortwave Portable Receiver
Pros: FM performance. RDS performance. Long battery life. No noise with external charger. Variable RF Gain Control instead of fixed switch. External antenna performance excellent. SSB tuning and audio quality exceptional. Very nice and large display. Easy to operate.
Cons: Some loss of sensitivity on SW on the whip antenna; wide AM bandwidth needs to be wider.
Other Thoughts: As good as it gets in a portable. Only 2 negatives, fairly easily fixed. The wide AM bandwidth is specified at 6 KHz, but sounds like 4 KHz. Radiolabs has a Clearmod modification where they replace the wide filter with a 7 KHz filter. Sounds much better. Some loss of sensitivity on the whip for SW, but can be overcome with a long wire or external antenna. If you must use the whip, there is a Balun modification for $2.00 in the Yahoo Group for the 909X which dramatically improves the whip sensitivity on SW.
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