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Tecsun R-9012 AM/FM/SW 12 Bands Shortwave Radio Receiver Gray
- Power supply: 2 (AA) Size Batteries (not included) DC 3V (adapter not included)
- Size: 3.1 x 5.0 x 1.1 in (80 x 126 x 28 mm)
- Weight: 7.1 oz (200 g)
- Accessories: 1 x English User Manual
- About the adapter: R-9012 power jack is negative inside, positive external, Amazon's recommended adapter can not match R-9012
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 13.1 x 2.8 x 8 cm; 200 Grams
- Date First Available : 23 June 2018
- Manufacturer : TECSUN
- ASIN : B001HX4D84
- Item Model Number : R-9012
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1.FM/ AM/ SW 12 bands receiver
3.High Sensitivity and Selectivity & Low Noise
5. Earphone Jack
MW: 525-1610 kHz
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This is surprising, since all far less capable radios offer it (eg. stock car stereos). A mild disappointment, but it's my own fault for not reading the product description more carefully.
The shortwave performance more than makes up for this, at completely the wrong hours of the day (ionosphere-wise) I can still get stations as far afield as sub-Saharan Africa, America, and China. A fantastic little product for the price and very compact - it's smaller than my Galaxy S5 screen, although obviously thicker.
Note that if you have horrid static noises on shortwave it's probably the radio pollution around you - particularly modern gadgets like WiFi and mains chargers. In my house with powerline networking plugs, I can't get anything indoors, but when I go into the garden all is crystal clear. Turning off all mains power at the trip switch suddenly brought blissful clarity! - An interesting test of how noisy our modern homes are radio-wise. If you have problems, don't blame the set, get away from electricity and technology for a bit.
The look and feel of the device:
The Tecsun R-9012 has a “typical” modern portable radio aesthetic with an analogue multi-band tuner window, a protruding tuner knob on the right, kickstand on the back and a hand strap on the left. The radio feels quite cheap but sturdy. The slider switch is not nice to use (Keep reading for why) and the tuning knob feels really nasty. There is a red LED to indicate how strong a station’s signal is. The kickstand at the back is very easy to break which seems to be an issue with the cheaper portables. Overall a standard look and cheap feel which you would expect at the price point the Tecsun is sold at.
The internal speaker is not bad considering the price point and is listenable to for hours however there is much much better out there and I like to, when possible, plug in an external speaker.
The R-9012 has appalling FM performance. Think a cheap £1 FM radio from ebay level of bad. Tuning the R-9012 is not hard … unless the station is not stupidly strong. I live in an area of amazing FM coverage (250kW BBC transmitter at about 30km or so distance) and it picks up all the BBC 250kW stations easily but it struggles with local BBC and most commercial stations (Heart, Capital etc..). Aerial length, positioning and black magic seem to affect the signal heavily! Also, you get a lot of “ghost” signals (Strong signals appearing over and over again where they are not due to over gaining the receiver). And don’t get me started about its performance once headphones are plugged in …. It struggles on the main BBC stations with headphones!
Not bad; Unnecessarily hard to tune in comparison to some other receivers but the actual performance is good. Jil FM on 531 & 549KHz works fine in the evenings and BBC Radio 5 Live and Smooth Radio tune just as good as a car / sony boombox / other receivers I’ve tested. Again the signal starts to deteriorate when you plug in headphones.
This is what I bought this radio for .. So, is it any good at SW stations? Not really. It’s HELL to tune and I’m not exaggerating. Let me list everything I dislike about this radio’s SW:
The numbers written on the readout seem to be a little out so you have no idea where you are in the bands and tuning is hit or miss if you want to go to a particular frequency.
The tuning knob is horrible, slips a little from time to time and it can UN-TUNE after as little as 10 MINUTES!!!
The band selector switch …. Not the band selector switch. It’s so bad. After you’ve selected a band you can stroke the switch left or right AND IT AFFECTS THE SIGNAL STRENGTH, this has worsened over time to the point I have to use something to push into it just to stop the signal massively degrading.
It’s not as sensitive as a Tivdio VT-111 which is the same price if not cheaper.
So, do I still want a Tecsun PL-660 or something? Yes
Do I recommend this Tecsun R-9012? No, for this price get a Tivdio VT-111 or spend a bit more on a fancier Tecsun. I’d give this one a miss!!
This is all my opinion on my own unit I purchased with my own money from Amazon. Nothing has influenced this review aside from my use of the equipment.
I don't find it difficult to tune and stations can be close together but I don't find it an issue.
I have about 20 feet of wire flung up into a tree and in the window and attached to the telescopic antenna and the radio really comes alive during the day time, it can over load it a little at night when shortwave itself is best.
MW performance is very good compared to my PL-660 which is deaf on MW. I have a Tecsun AN-200 loop which really makes MW stations appear out of nowhere during the day time.
Sound quality is ok for speech but screechy sounding for music but as you'd expect for such a small radio and tiny speaker.
Overall a good radio, well built and good performance, get a portable shortwave long wire antenna and connect one end outside as high as possible and it really makes a difference to any SW radio.