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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | Borg-Johnson Borg Johnson HS912RAM/FM/SW radio Help


Reviews Summary for Borg-Johnson Borg Johnson HS912RAM/FM/SW radio
Borg-Johnson  Borg Johnson HS912RAM/FM/SW radio Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $$9.99
Description: The Borg-Johnson is an analog small (3.5"x7"x1.5") portable, 11-band radio. SW covers (in 9 bands)4.70-21.95 MHz. FM is extended to 64 MHz to receive the complete Japanese FM band. AM coverage is normal US with a ferrite rod antenna inside. The exterior antenna extends to a 17" length.
Product is in production.
More info: http://unknown, but model is sold frquently on Ebay
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KB2NAT Rating: 4/5 Jan 10, 2009 17:20 Send this review to a friend
Handy, actually!  Time owned: more than 12 months
For the price (I paid $5 for it at a garage sale) it's a pretty good deal. It operates off of two D cells which have lasted at over a year so far. It has an earphone out jack, a 3v power in jack, a volume control, tuning knob and a switch to change bands: simplicity itself. The little (it's still nearly twice as large as a Kaito 1102) radio has a nice hefty feel, thanks to its two big batteries lending their weight.
Pros: Reasonable speaker sound; as good as my RS DX380
-Simple to operate
-Unit comes with a sort-of shortwave guide
-Cheap or inexpsnsive, if you prefer--if you only pay $5)
-It has a nylon loop to hold onto (not sure I'd trust it)
-Batteries are overkill for size and last almost their shelf-life
-If you miss a station on one part of the dial you might find it on another part (that also includes FM where the same FM station shows up on 25 MHz apart)
-No fears about losing it
Cons
-The "12th" band is the "TV band" which is part of the FM band
-Very little spurious signal rejection
-Dial is only mildly "accurate", but heck, you're just looking for any kind of signal anyway with this
-No stereo on FM (sometimes it's barely mono)
-No carrying handle or case (for under $10???)
So...why give it a "4"? It actually works, the sound isn't terrible, it really does pick up stuff, it's appealing in its own plebeian way, and with two D cells, it'll run until the Yankees pay minimum wage to pitchers. Oh yeah, if you don't pay over $5 (don't), it's almost free.
 


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