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Sangean ATS-909X BK Shortwave Portable Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Beyond Excellent 07/20/2014

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.

Otherwise a perfect portable. Stunning FM with an excellent RDS system. The best FM tuner I have ever heard. The audio from the speaker is also 1st class. SSB performance is equally impressive with easy to tune 40 KHz steps and very good audio quality. This portable makes a very good quasi-desktop if you connect the AC adapter and an external antenna. The continuously variable RF gain control is made for this application and the radio excels in SW DX in this circumstance. Also an excellent AM BCB DX machine with the ferrite bar antenna as long as the case. This radio compares favorably with my Panasonic RF-2200 for AM DXing. The display is large, well lit, and can be kept on conrinuously with the AC adapter attached. It is very easy to read and is very good looking. Battery life is exceptional with either alkaline or NiCad.

This radio is much better than the Tecsun PL-880 which it has been compared to. While it does not have a sync detector, the ECCS performs superbly. I cannot recommend this radio highly enough, but I would opt for the Radiolabs Clearmod modification to increase the wide AM bandwidth.

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Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun    101911
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Excellent 10/20/2013

This review is from: Bushnell Velocity Speed Gun 101911

Pros: Accurate when tested against more expensive guns. Good ergonomics. Batteries have been holding up well. Good value.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: This is a very nice radar gun. Works at ranges I thought it would be too far. Also used it to read the speeds of cars. It must set off their radar detectors as well.

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PNY 128GB Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) Flash Card Model P-SDX128U1H-GE
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: High speed quality memory at a competitive cost. Unlike some other memory I have used in this capacity range, no problems with repeated mounting and unmounting as a flash drive.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I had been using memory from 2 other vendors and ran into a situation where after a few insertions into a card reader the SD card would malfunction and I could not recover from the error.

No such problems with this memory. I have been moving it from 2 different cameras as well as 2 different card readers and have had no problems. I highly recommend it.

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Display Name: John C.

Date Joined: 09/12/04

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  • First Review: 08/08/10
  • Last Review: 07/20/14
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