This compact wideband receiver from the 1980s got a load of negative press, primarily concerning its slow scan function. Well, there's a tip for you: don't buy it as a police scanner. Regardless I personally found it to be a good quality VHF/UHF receiver - which I'm sure was its actual intention. Sensitivity is good, the audio great and the overall feel of the rig is nice. As I recall this radio is quiet, not drenched in band noise requiring a shovel to find the signal. My only concern was the detented tuning (light clicks), I prefer smooth free-wheeling VFOs. Today I'd say the FRG-9600 is a good value at $150 - $200, tops. Don't let some corny eBay salesman get you for any more than that.
Great little receiver 60Mhz to up to 990 MHz
Not much activity in the higher bands 400Mhz and up (maybe my area?)
Very nice sound from this receiver especially on the FM Broadcasting 100-120 MHz
Added a HF converter (Up-converter) to it and it’s even better, range now 0 to 990 MHz
A SW/HF/VHF/UHF receiver now
With a long wire antenna and a ATU getting great reception in the HF bands 0-30 MHz
By night the whole world is coming in on the HF
If you have one ADD the HF converter and it makes even a better receiver
Build like a Tank, like Yaesu always do previous owned a FRG7700 also was build like a Tank
For the age it’s still performing great and very portable size and due to the 12Volt DC operation it very portable and can be used outdoors very easy
Mine still have the Yaesu front Strip seems to be go missing on most of them not sure why?
All in one a GREAT Little receiver and if lucky you can pick them up at a great price.