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The Roberts R9962, also known as the World 962, is a 12-band radio designed primarily for picking up the BBC World Service and shortwave radio. It could be a good radio for taking to remote locations. Let’s see what it can do…
- LW/MW/FM radio
- 9 shortwave bands
- LED tuning light
- Headphone jack
Dimensions: 15 cm wide x 8.5 cm high x 3.5 cm deep
Weight: 270 g
Performance and use
The Roberts 9962 is nice and small at 15 x 8.5 cm, and only weighs 270 g so it’s ideal for travelling. It takes two AA batteries which should last for months unless you use it constantly.
The radio generally has good reception, but there’s still no guarantee you’ll be able to pick up the World Service where you choose to use it. The LED tuning indicator is quite helpful in locating the right frequency, though the tuning dial itself is somewhat fiddly.
The built-in speaker sounds decent for such a small radio, though inevitably it is somewhat tinny. You can get better sound quality by listening through headphones.
The radio comes in a smart carrying wallet, which is a nice addition and is useful if you’re taking the radio on a trip.
- Excellent battery life
- Durable; should last for several years
- Good radio reception in general
- Nice and small—great for travelling
- Comes in a carrying wallet
- Tuning wheel can be fiddly
- Falls over easily
The Roberts R9962 is a solid product, and could be a great choice if you’re looking to pick up international stations. With LW/MW/FM and 9 shortwave bands you should be able to pick something up almost anywhere, though there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to get the World Service. This page lists the BBC World Service’s shortwave frequencies around the world.
Another inexpensive shortwave radio is the Radar TECSUN R-9012, which is a small AM/FM/SW radio with a carrying strap and a headphone jack.
One of the most highly rated shortwave radios is the AGM PL360 TECSUN which is a digital shortwave radio that also has AM/FM radio.
If you only need a regular AM/FM radio, a good alternative could be the Roberts R9993, which is an affordable and reliable portable radio with decent sound quality.
For some more options, see our roundup of the best AM/FM radios.