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Sangean PR-D9W AM/FM Weather Alert Rechargeable Portable Radio
- Sangean PR-D9W AM/FM Weather Alert Rechargeable Portable Radio
- Automatic Alert Warns you of Hazardous Condition
- Flashing Red LED Light with Emergency Siren
- Rechargeable and Dry-Cell Battery
- 19 Memory Preset Stations including my Favorite Station
- Includes Switching AC Adapter 100-240V, 50/60Hz
- Digital Weather Alert
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|Item Dimensions||1.55 x 6.34 x 4.17 in||2.5 x 1.18 x 4.19 in||2.5 x 1 x 4.25 in||12 x 5 x 9.8 in||4.5 x 0.75 x 2.75 in||7.8 x 5.1 x 2.6 in|
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Hand held radio; am/fm noaa digital weather alerts; dual alarm by buzzer or radio; weather alert/siren; uses rechargeable or alkaline batteries.
From the Manufacturer
Sangean's new PR-D9W AM/FM Weather Alert Rechargeable Compact Radio is a perfect companion at a picnic, a ball game, a camping trip, and even to keep you informed at home through severe weather conditions and other emergencies or power outages.
The PR-D9W is a versatile device, a well-designed portable AM/FM Stereo radio coupled with being certified as a "Public Alert" emergency radio. It features a built-in dual alarm clock, battery selector for alkaline/rechargeable NiMH, 19 total memory presets, sleep and snooze function, and an easy to read large LCD display with adjustable illumination. All of these capabilities make the PR-D9W Weather Alert a reliable companion for the bedroom, kitchen, or garage.
Despite our advances in technology, weather still plays a sometimes dangerous role in our lives. Internet and television are usually good sources of information, but in some weather emergencies a portable radio can be essential. The PR-D9W AM/FM Weather Alert Radio can sit by your bedside providing a pleasant tune or a little wake up call, all the while ensuring that you can have weather information at any time, including an emergency.
Large LCD Screen
The large LCD screen features easy readability, with settings to adjust the backlight illumination.
AM/FM/NOAA Radio with 19 Memory Presets and Auto Scan
The built-in radio features AM/FM tuning, as well as NOAA weather bands. The PR-D9W has 19 memory presets to select your favorite stations, as well as an Auto Scan feature to help you find them. A siren function gives you NOAA weather alerts during emergencies to help you be prepared.
The PR-D9W is a perfect bedside alarm clock. You can set dual alarm times and choose waking to AM/FM radio or HWS (Human Wake-up System) buzzer alarms. There are also sleep and snooze functions (push any button except the power button to engage the snooze funtion while the alarm is active).
There are several options to power the PR-D9W, so you can be prepared in case of an emergency. In addition to regular AC power, you can choose between regular alkaline batteries and rechargeable NiMH. Select the NiMH setting to recharge your compatible batteries when the PR-D9W is plugged in.
The PR-D9W also features low power consumption, using 4 AA Alkaline batteries can play the radio for over 25 hours
Backup Capacitor Stores Memory Settings
A super capacitor in the PR-D9W stores your clock and memory presets in case of a power outage--so even if you've forgotten to put batteries in the radio, you can be prepared when the power goes out and not need to spend time resetting the clock and other presets. (The back-up capacitor can maintain the preset and clock for 5 minutes only.)
Built-In Headphone Stereo Amplifier
In addition to listening via the embedded speaker, the PR-D9W has a built-in headphone amplifier for reliable audio quality during private listening. A 5 + 5mW stereo amp and 16ohm flat response gives you extra clarity and fidelity when listening to your favorite radio stations.
- Tuner: AM/FM/NOAA
- Weather Alert/Siren
- Presets: 19 (Mixed)
- Display: LCD (1.92" x 0.5")
- Auto Scan: Yes
- Sleep/Snooze Functions: Yes
- Dual Alarm: Radio Alarm without HWS / Buzzer Alarm with HWS (Humane Wake System)
- Power Sources: AC, alkaline, or rechargeable NiMH AA x4
- Charging Function: Yes, with selectable switch
- Speaker: Embedded, 2.25" full range
- Output Power: 700mW 8 ohm (DC-IN)
- Antenna: Telescoping
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.3" x 4.2" x 1.6"
- Weight: 12.5 oz
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I just received my radio so I cannot speak to its longevity but I must say that I experienced none of the other negatives reported.
Headphone hiss or too much bass. I have played music through the radio's speaker and headphone jack (with buds and plugging it into my 5:1 surround sound system). I have experienced no hiss and I would describe the sound as rich - not excessively bassy and not tinny as most small speakers seem to be.
Difficult to program presets. Select a station, press the "memo" button, dial up or down to choose preset 1-19 and press the Memo button again. Not terribly complicated.
Poor reception. I live in a remote canyon at 6000 feet and am able to pick up my favorite AM and FM stations 100 miles away across multiple mountain ranges. To be sure, depending on the station and the room I am in, I may have to rotate the radio or antenna to fine tune the reception. What people may not realize is that AM reception is controlled by an internal antenna and, as such, the radio has to be turned to fine tune the reception. Rotate, shorten, or lengthen the telescoping antenna to fine tune FM reception.
Not work without batteries. Well, I guess so if it is not plugged into the AC. However, when plugged into the AC, the radio works just fine with or without batteries.
Difficult to or could not turn off alarm. Two options: press the standby button (on/off) or press and hold either of the two alarm buttons depending on which alarm one is using (it has two alarms which can be set independently: one to radio, the other to a tone that gradually increases in volume).
Overall difficulty setting up. I found the instruction manual clear and easy to follow so I cannot speak to any difficulties.
Defective on arrival or after a period of time. My radio worked perfectly out of the box; time will tell otherwise. I will post back with issues.
The radio is 6-1/4 x 4-3/16 x 1-7/16. With 4 AA Eneloop batteries it weighs 1 lb 1.4 oz (17.4 oz). The antenna extends 26-1/4 inches from the top of the radio and is rather stout, i.e., not thin and I would not expect it to easily bend or break. However, due to its mass, if fine tuning an FM station requires the antenna to be greater than 25-30 degrees from vertical (front to back), the weight of the antenna will not allow the radio to remain upright. This is easily managed by placing a thick book or other object behind the radio for support.
I like the fact that one can adjust the illumination of the dial from none to three increasing intensities: off to conserve batteries, dim for sleeping, intermediate for whatever, bright for daylight.
To use the weather alert feature, one MUST go to NOAA and determine which of the seven frequencies best serve one's location. (I wonder if those who claimed that no weather alerts were received selected the proper station.) The frequencies increase from 162.400 to 162.550 by 25 kHz increments. (All explained in the instruction manual) A radio setting of 1 is 162.400, 2 is 162.425, 3 is 162.450, etc. NOAA shows coverage maps by county so it is a simple matter to view the maps and select the frequency with the best coverage in one's area.
So . . . easy to set up, easy to use, packed with useful features, and truly remarkable sound for such a small radio.
UPDATE: July 4, 2017
Everything I discussed in my original review stands except that I can now speak to longevity.
Beginning about one year ago, pressing various buttons changed something other than what the button was dedicated to. For example, pressing the button to move up/down the dial changes bands, i.e., goes from FM to weather. Sometimes pressing the button to change stations freezes not only the station but freezes every thing, i.e., no matter what you press, nothing happens. Randomly, the same is true for other buttons: press volume up or down, something else changes.
This phenomenon has gotten worse over the past year and, although shutting the radio off and turning it back on temporarily fixes the problem, it is a signficant nuisance. Most distressing, however, is that now the weather alerts do not activate. The weather channel still broadcasts but the automatic alerts do not come on so, unless you are actively monitoring the weather channel, you will not receive alerts. This is important to me since I live in an area that experiences summertime monsoonal storms.
I downgraded my review to three stars because I do not believe that a $50 radio should start to fail after two years.Then too, I am from an era when quality prevailed over profit. To this old man, nowadays, gadgets seem to be designed and accepted as throwaways. Hey, my high tech gadget bricks within a year one so, no problem, buy a new one.
Bottom line, while this radio functions as designed, it is a terrific radio; one can only hope that they get their longevity money' s worth.