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Sangean ATS-909 All Band Digital Shortwave World Band Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- AM/FM stereo with continuous coverage
- 261 short-wave frequencies
- ATS auto-tune system
- 9 kHz/10 kHz switch for overseas reception
- 5 tuning methods for accurate frequency input
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If you live outside of Europe or the east coast of North American, you'll likely need to use an external antenna. 30 feet of wire with alligator clips on each end should do the trick.
The radio's shortwave reception is more than adequate. A good external antenna always helps, but it also does fine with just the telescopic aerial. The Sangean's sensitivity could be favorably compared with the Sony ICF-2010, although the Sony is still champion. It also should be noted that the Sangean radios of the last 15 years or so share the same lineage with the older Sony ICF-2001, so the Sangean's performance is understandable.
The ATS-909 has very good FM reception with good adjacent signal rejection, and the Radio Data System (which automatically reads out some station IDs and other info on the LCD) performs well.
The Sangean features 306 programmable memory positions. There are 29 "pages" of 9 frequencies (261 total) allocated for shortwave. As an example, a page could be used for up to 9 frequencies of a chosen broadcaster, and the page can be assigned an 8-digit alphanumeric ID by the listener. I'm not a big fan of the "page" format, because I'd like to assign IDs to each frequency, not a whole block of nine. But, when you have hundreds of memory positions of keep track of, the page format does have its advantages.
I don't like having to select the FREQ button every time I want to directly tune into a frequency. I just want to punch the numbers and enter it. Having another step to remember makes tuning a pain at times.
Overall, I believe the Sangean ATS-909 is an excellent radio and a good value for shortwave listeners with a little experience. It could be slightly improved, but it's certainly worth a listen.
If you're looking for a good portable I would also recommend the Grundig YB400 or the new Sony ICF-7600GR.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the Sangean ATS 909 from a seller in Amazon. used in very goog condition, it comes complete, with instruction, reel antenna, AC Adapter and Sony ear buds. Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by P. Cesar I. Eichenbrenner
Is the Sangean ATS-909W the same as the Sangean ATS-909X? Specifications on the Sangean website indicate there are some similarities. Read morePublished on May 26, 2011 by Breyel
I just purchsed the last 909 at $280.00 from Amazon and glad to get it. I know it is a dino but after Sony stops poduction of the 7600GR that's it for portables made outside of... Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by iam4wsu
Good overall quality.The plastic material and tuning/volume knobs feel cheap for the amount of money you pay, but the technical features are very good.Published on February 20, 2011 by Jorge P.
This is the exact same radio when it comes to reception as the sangean ATS 505 it just has more "bells and whistles".Published on February 17, 2011 by Maryland Gentleman
I had this model up until two years when my wife got mad at me one time and threw it across the room (about 15 ft). Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Devout Patriot
I am well pleased with this radio and am glad I decided to purchase it.Published on April 14, 2010 by J. Walker
I've had mine for over five years...maybe 10...and I enjoy it every day. Easy to switch between FM, MW and SW and easy to tune. Read morePublished on March 5, 2010 by James P. Thompson
I have enjoyed sw radio for many years since my high school days. One of the first things a bought for myself when I started working was to buy a Hallicrafter S-108 receiver. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by Robert S. Deneselya