Sangean America Rep Bob has seen enough of the customer reviews on Amazon in which the WR-12 is described as junk. He responds:
Hello all. This is Bob from Sangean America, and I want to thank you for your interest in the WR-12.
I want to apologize for the problems our customers are finding with this model.
Sangean Quality Control is currently making many improvements to the WR-12. We have temporarily stopped production of this model, until these problems are resolved.
If you currently own a WR-12, please give us your e-mail address, and we will notify you when the much improved revision is available, which should be about late Jan 2013.
Please accept our apology for any inconvenience this may have caused you, and many thanks to our loyal customers