ATS-909X AM/FM/SW/SSB Receiver (Black)Item # 909B

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High Performance, mid-size portable World Band Receiver!

The new Sangean ATS-909X has a long history and the new model is a winner at a fair price. There are a lot of shortwave radios available but relatively few with Single Side Band capability. The government and Ham operators transmit emergency and other communications on SSB because the radio waves travel further on less power.

The ATS-909X is an AM, FM, LW and Shortwave receiver with high quality Single Side Band reception and PLL Synthesized Digital tuning. The radio includes five tuning methods for ease of locating frequencies. Call letters of local RDS (Radio Data Systems) FM stations show in the display. The new enhanced features include 406 programmable memories instead of the 307 memories available on the previous ATS-909 version. The control interface is compatible with the DAR-101 which can do synthesized MP3 recording with the ATS-909X. The squelch control can be set to adjust the seek and find sensitivity.

Sangean has enlarged the LCD screen which now includes a full LED backlight. The Aux-In jack allows for MP3 player or iPod connectivity. It has a built-in headphone amplifier which allows for manual control of the volume going to the headphones or ear buds.

This radio includes an alarm clock that uses a ramp-up buzzer or wake up to a favorite station. Also includes 3 timers and an adjustable sleep timer.

Built-in battery charger can recharge NiMH batteries. Operates on 4 "AA" Alkaline or rechargeable batteries (not included) or included AC Adapter.

Includes carry case, ear buds, and SW wind-up antenna. One-year warranty. Weight: 1.5 lbs. Size: 8.8" W x 5.3" H x 1.5" D.

  • 406 presets (FM 3 pages: 27 presets / LW 1 page: 9 presets / MW 2 pages: 18 presets / SW 39 pages: 351 presets) + 1 priority preset
  • Five Tuning methods: Direct frequency tuning, auto scan, manual tuning, memory recall and rotary tuning
  • ATS (Auto Tuning System) auto scan and preset in priority of signal strength in FM / MW / LW bands
  • FM RDS / RBDS function with PS, PTY, RT and CT
  • DSP IF decoder
  • Large LCD screen with bright white LED backlight
  • Automatically searches for strongest signal station within SW station pages
  • Alarm by radio or buzzer
  • Built-in world time plus Daylight Savings Time device
  • AM wide / narrow filter
  • FM mono / stereo selector switch
  • SSB (Single Side Band): USB / LSB 40Hz / step on fine tuning
  • AM RF gain control
  • REC out and standby control output
  • Pre-programmed station name and frequency
  • Direct key to recall favorite station in one button
  • Battery and signal strength indicator
  • Pre-programmed station name and frequency
  • Direct key to recall favorite station in one button
  • Battery and signal strength indicator
  • Dual conversion device for short wave
  • EEPROM for memories back up
  • 8 characters for editing station name in display
  • Tone control (Music / Normal / News)
  • 3 Timers
  • Adjustable sleep timer
  • Squelch setting to adjust seek sensitivity
  • Supplied with AC power adapter
  • Built-in rapid battery charger
  • Signal and Battery strength indicator
  • FM-stereo via earphones, headphone amplifier
  • Speaker: 3 inches, 8 ohm
  • Amplifier: Class B BTL
  • Output power: 1 watt
  • Aux-in jack for using MP3 player or iPod connectivity
  • Control interface is compatible with Sangean DAR-101 which can do synthesized MP3 recording with ATS-909X
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By SPreston
Suisun City
Confirmed User
Fairly good radio
Fairly good radio for the price. Not many Ham radio frequencies are covered. Tone quality is very good and the selectivity is amazing for the price. The backlight is really neat. After the year warranty ended I unfortunately found a couple faulty time-set buttons…oh well. Over all it’s a good deal outside the Ham bands. KJ6KIH
By AMcMahon
Confirmed Buyer
Great Radio. I take it with me everywhere I travel.
By TGunter
Confirmed Buyer
It is a super radio!
By sluken
crownpoint, IN
Confirmed Buyer
Radio works great for the price quite happy with it except it has Chicago at 6hrs behind coordinated universal time but Chicago is only 5hrs behind.
By PColflesh
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General Specifications
Input Power: AC Adapter: 9VDC 700mA tip negative
Batteries: (4) AA size (not included)
Audio Output: 1.5W (when using AC adapter)
700mW (when using Batteries)
5+5mW (when using Earbuds)
Speaker: 3", 8 ohm, 3W
Frequency Coverage: LW 153 - 519 kHz
AM 520 - 1710 kHz (10KHz Steps)
AM 522 - 1710 kHz (9KHz Steps)
SW 1711 - 29999 kHz
FM 87.5 - 108.0 MHz
SW Band Frequency Coverage: 120 m 2.3 -2.495 MHz
90 m 3.2 - 3.4 MHz
75 m 3.9 - 4.0 MHz
60 m 4.75 - 5.06 MHz
49 m 5.9 - 6.2 MHz
41 m 7.1- 7.35 MHz
31 m 9.4 - 9.99 MHz
25 m 11.6 - 12.1 MHz
21 m 13.5 - 13.87 Mhz
19 m 15.1 - 15.8 MHz
16 m 17.48 - 17.9 MHz
15 m 18.9 - 19.02 MHz
13 m 21.45- 21.75 MHz
11 m 25.6 - 26.1 MHz
Rotary Tuning Knob Resolution: AM - 1 kHz, 9 kHz or 10 kHz
FM - 50 kHz or 100 kHz
LW - 1 kHz or 9 kHz
SW - 1 kHz or 5 kHz
AM Tuning: 9 kHz or 10 kHz
FM Tuning: 100 kHz
LW Tuning: 9 kHz
SW Tuning: 5 kHz
AM, LW Antenna: Internal Ferrite Bar
FM, SW Antenna: Telescopic whip antenna
External Antenna Terminals: SW Antenna Jack 2.1mm
FM Stereo/Mono Switch: Yes
Earphone Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo
Line Out Jack: 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo
Presets: 18 AM, 27 FM, 9 LW, 351 SW and 1 Priority.
Lock Switch: Yes
Sleep Timer: 10-90 minutes (10min steps)
Alarm: Yes, (3)
Clock: 24 Hour Mode
Dimensions: 7.9" W x 5.3" H x 1.5" D
Weight: 28 ozs
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty
Note: Specifications are subject to change without notice.
  • What are the specifications for the charging circuit?

    It produces a charging current of 0.5A with delta voltage detection and temperature protection.
  • How long does it take to recharge my NiMH batteries in the radio?

    The charging time would vary depending on the capacity of the NiMH batteries that are used. For example, our AA NiMH batteries are rated at 2200mAh for capacity, which means at a charging rate of 500mA per hour it would take roughly 4 hours and 24 minutes to charge to full. Age and condition of the batteries can also modify charging times as well.
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Instructions (PDF) ATS-909X AM/FM/SW/SSB Receiver (Black) Instruction Manual 3.63 MB 9:04 @ 56KBps
Audio Instructions

Sangean ATS909x Audio Tutorial (part 1)

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Sangean ATS909x Audio Tutorial (part 2)

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What's In The Box?
  • ATS-909X SW Receiver
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Earbuds
  • SW Reel Antenna
  • Carry Case
  • Instruction Manual
  • One Year Limited Warranty
  • This WiFi Antenna is hands down the best. It allows me to connect to a business almost a half mile away. Two months time and this baby paid for itself. I am a very happy with my purchase.
    — John A., Mill Valley, CA
  • This radio deserves five stars because it sounds great, the ease of use and preset stations. This radio will become your favorite radio, also backed by great customer service if ever needed, thank you very much.
    — Pete P., Santa Rosa, CA
  • This is an excellent internet radio. I have had the unit playing constantly from the time I received it. Excellent sound for such a small unit and the remote works wonderfully.
    — James H., Richmond, BC
  • Good sound, lightweight and comfortable; not too tight on the head. I like one feature; it doesn't tell you where to place the speakers, left side or right side.
    — Harry W., Manassas, VA
  • I purchase this product specifically for AM recordings and it has worked superbly. I wanted to wait awhile before I gave my opinion on the product. It has worded exactly as advertised and more.
    — Jack L., San Pedro, CA
  • Very nice, economical home lighting. If you're used to the white light of fluorescent bulb replacements, these will offer the same type with no toxic ingredients or damaging UV radiation.
    — Gary B., San Francisco, CA
  • This antenna does work well; however placement and the shape you have it bent into is very important. I live about 70 miles away from Toronto and receive a lot of Toronto FM stations static free with the FM reflect.
    — Thomas S., Buffalo, NY
  • I'm not sure how I gone this far in life without it. I just love it. The best sound ever from an AM radio.
    — James G., Springfield, MA
  • This device is awesome. As a contractor, I can not access my customer's network for security reasons. Now, with my office on the second floor, I can connect to a WiFi hotspot 1.5 miles away and my signal strength is strong!
    — Robert S., Tabernacle, NJ
  • I just received my EP radio yesterday. I'm totally impressed with the old school simplicity and the modern day sound quality. Thank you, C.Crane!
    — David C., Raleigh, NC
  • I have had only one, thank the lord, occasion to use this in and emergency situation and it worked flawlessly. Only one in the area with radio for two days of power loss... Thank you CCrane!!
    — Vernon P., Dufur, OR
  • This radio is totally fantastic!!! It will provide service in any condition and works as engineered and advertised. I am going to order more units for all family members.
    — Glen B., Bethlehem, PA
  • This radio is wonderful. Small but powerful. Several years of service and no problems.
    — William B., Litchfield, IL
  • Just received this little jewel... did not open the manual and I was listening to NPR within minutes... no kidding. I'm a radio guy and the audio is great and look forward to a lot of great listening.
    — Lin F., Inman, SC