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June 03, 2010

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Carlos

Thanks for this review. I have considered springing for the super 909 in the past.

It occurs to me that radios and radio enthusiasts are much like cars and car enthusiasts. We're each looking for something different. We each have in our minds an idea of the perfect radio, the "rosebud" radio, as Jeff has put it.

More and more I find I care most about the sound quality of the radio. Then its construction/durability. Then, oddly enough, its reception. Therefore, I just don't get excited about super specs and promises of "hot" reception and herculean dxing potential. Most of the stuff I listen to comes in loud and clear on any radio, even on my little 10 dollar Sony ICF-S10MK2 (a radio I love).

Is it fun to scan the shortwave dials? Definitely, sometimes. But to be honest, I have never really found anything worth listening to religiously.

You can tell a lot about a person from their radio collection!

Tim

Carlos, I couldn't agree with you more. I have a $10 RCA RP7664 radio. It has an AM/FM switch, a volume wheel, a tuning wheel, a mono head phone output, and a handle. That's it. The antenna doesn't even swivel, and yet it's one of my favorite little radios for everything it doesn't do! There's a certain amount of pleasure in knowing either it picks up a local station, or it picks up nothing.

And as for the shortwave band, I use it primarily for listening to EWTN.

¾ Blind

Saturday evenings whenever I remember I make an effort to dial in 6925 kHz. USB to listen for pirate stations. Unfortunately for us west coasters pirate signals tend to be weak. One listens to pirates for the thrill of hearing an unlicensed station. Audio quality tends to be lo-fi and music choice tends to be hard rock from the '70s, though occasionally there are surprises. A few weeks ago I heard Linda Ronstadt.

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