Panasonic / National Panasonic,
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., Osaka
RF - 9 L

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überarbeitet am 21.10.2010

Around 1984, Panasonic entered the market with a miniature multiband shortwave radio: the RF-9L. This analog set covers the shortwavebands from 49 - 16 m.

Single conversion, 455 kHz

Analog dial,


FM, LW, MW, spread shortwave bands 49 - 16 mb

Selectivity -6 dB/ -60 dB


Tuning LED

The Panasonic RF-9L is one of the smallest shortwave travel radio radios, it's a single conversion superhet with the dimensions 136 x 74 x 26 mm and a weight of 200 grams.
The international variant RF-9 has no longwave coverage, the European variant RF-9L comes with the longwave band, both sets cover with six common shortwave broadcast bands (49 - 16 m) with a bandspread arrangement and analog tuning dial.

The tiny black - golden cabinet gives a very elegant appearence to the set and the leatherette cover even improves this.
Behind the speaker grill at the left side of the receiver's front panel, You find a small 5 cm diameter speaker.
At the right side, You find a tiny red glowing LED as signal strength indicator, just below the AM/FM modes switch, a tone and the power switch.
In the middle of the frontpanel, You find the analog bandspread dials for the shortwave broadcast bands from 49 - 16 meters, frequencies can be read with an accuracy of around 25 kHz. The active band is selected with the sliding switch just below.

At the right small face of the receiver, You find the tuning knob, tuning is accurate and without backlash.

RF-9L is a very elegant tiny little shortwave radio that really fits into a shirtpocket. It gives You good reception on local FM and mediumwave signals and gives You access to the "wide big world", it is no problem to tune in several international services on shortwaves. If You look for a high tech receiver with digital frequency display, the much more recent Sony ICF-SW1 might be Your choice, but if You look for a really miniature multiband radio with above average finish, then look for a used Panasonic and leave these Chinese cheepish things on the shelves at the discounters. The Panasonic RF-9 is a real radio that's worth paying for!

further literature:
d/e: Panasonic RF-9 L at www.radiomuseum.org

© Martin Bösch 17.7.2010