Saw this radio at the local Radio Shack today, on sale, for $43.00. I couldn’t pass it up being it’s the same radio at the Sangean ATS-505 which sells for $129.00. I managed to get one of the two remaining in stock. Nice.
- PLL synthesized digital tuning, AM/FM/SW/MW/LW
- 5 tuning methods direct frequency/auto scan/manual scan/memory/rotary
- AM: (MW) 520-1710 kHz
SW: 1.711-29999 MHz LW: 153-279 kHz
- Single side band (SSB)
- Local/dual time, 12-hr. or 24-hr. format
- Powered by 4 “AA” batteries
- 45 memory stations
- 3.5mm (1/8″) stereo headphone jack
- Backlit LCD
- Travel lock
- Tuning LED
- Dual Clock w/ dual alarms
Some reviews around the net:
- eham.net (Radio Shack branded unit)
- eham.net (Sangean branded unit – the actual manufacturer of the radio)
So far, I find the performance is better than I expected. I am damn pleased. It picks up signals quite well with the built-in whip antenna. Performance is pretty much on par with my Sony ICF-SW7600GR, although the Radio Shack unit lacks the synchronous detection circuit; but at $43.00, I don’t care.
I reckon it will perform even better with a wire antenna. I’ll have to try that another night being I don’t feel like reeling it out right now.
All that being said, I am quite pleased with this radio. Especially the price. It can’t be beat.
What a damn steal.
I love it when stuff like this comes my way, it’s not often, but when it does, it makes me feel good.