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June 10, 2016

chased Korean FM stations from Kyushu by my ATS-909X

In last April, I traveled Fukuoka and Nagasaki in Kyushu island.

During the stay, mainly used my ATS-909X, because I tried to chase long distance Korean FM stations.


I prefer the FM on the ATS-909X over the Tecsun sets.

The RDS works flawlessly and the sound is to write home about.

I think you can also set the radio to automatically set the clock from the RDS data.

I do not listen much on LW or SW so I can't comment much on that except to say the SW sounds excellent on the speaker.


My main complaint with the 909X is that it was definitely less sensitive on the whip antenna than either the PL-680 and the PL-880.

This was discussed in the ‘ATS-909X Yahoo Group’, and one of the members came up with a 4:1 BALUN mod for the whip antenna which has resolved the problem.

If you have one of these radios, I highly recommend the module.

The instructions can be found in the files section of the Yahoo Group.


As far as the tuning knob, I have gotten used to it now, and I do not mind the detent at all.

In fact, it is quite useful in staying on frequency if you are moving the radio around.

The other things I like about the ATS-909X are the large display and classy looks.

It also has enough space on the inside to easily mod it.

I also feel the operation is more intuitive than the Tecsun's, and you don't have to remember the ‘hidden functions’ and deal with the soft mute issues.


The backlight on the display has a separate button to turn it on and off, and it is bright and makes the display easy to read from any angle. 

I personally believe this is the best radio in its price class, and highly recommend it.


The RDS shows a KBS FM station on 103.7MHz at a park in Tsushima island, Kyushu Japan. 


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