For a few years now, one of my favorite hobbies has been listening to shortwave radio from around the world. If you happen to share this interest, the Sangean ATS-909 is one of the best world-band radios that I have owned. It is very small and compact compared to other shortwave radios on the market. The reception is excellent considering its size, as many of the other smaller models cannot even compare in quality. This model picks up all frequencies from longwave, shortwave, AM and FM stations. I think it is a perfect starter radio for people getting into the hobby because of the radio's ease of use and quality.
I am quite pleased with this radio since it is loaded with tons of extra features, including the ability to bookmark favorite radio stations. Also, there is no need to go through hundreds of dollars in batteries, as the unit comes packaged with a DC converter that plugs into the wall. On the back there is a jack for connecting an external antenna, which is essential to getting the best receptions from far away stations.
All in all, this radio has helped me develop and enjoy my hobby of listening to shortwave radio a lot.