World's best digital shortwave general purpose, 4 -band shortwave receiver ( We think so... )
Amazing for emergency kits. It also makes an excellent monitor for when you're transmitting and tuning a HAM rig!
The new GP-5 SSB radio is made based on a continued request for a excellent quality general purpose information radio. These radios are re-modified for a specific client request with the help of Edison Fong PHD. We have a few left over to offer to our consumer preppers. Remember, always have a radio and be prepared, we are living in changing times.
CountyComm is pleased to announce the GP-5/SSB radio with excellent HF communications monitoring in a unique hand held form factor and at a great price. The radio covers medium wave 520-1710 kHz shortwave 2300-30000 kHz and the FM band. Unlike most radios in this price category, the GP-5/SSB provides LSB and USB single sideband reception. It has a very unique Easy Tuning Mode (ETM). ETM does more the usual ATS. It scans all frequencies without taking up the memory spaces. So you get quick access to all local stations. Great for the traveler. There are also 450 regular memories (100 AM, 100 FM and 250 shortwave) available for tuning into your favorite stations. Another unique feature of the radio is its removable high sensitivity external AM ferrite antenna. This directional antenna clearly enhances AM band reception. The CountyComm GP-5/SSB even employs DSP (Digital Signal Processing) technology, improving clarity and tone quality. There is even an adjustable sleep timer.
Modes : AM, FM, SW, USB, LSB
Sterile Fiberboard Packaging Per Contract Requirements
Limited Supply From Surplus Contract
Warning: Some suppliers are offering aftermarket large ferrite bar antennas for our GP-5 Radios. The weight of of the aftermarket antenna causes the AM Bar Antenna Input connector to break internally, losing AM reception. This will void your warranty.
--- Green Tip Antenna ---
Single screw to replace antenna.
It's always a good idea to have a backup antenna.
Video of the 2016 Gen 2 Model Below
Great little receiver. Old time SWL & ham from back into '60s, used all the big tube rigs in past, newer solid state also, this is super good for size/weight/$$. Only thing better would be a truly effective Squelch circuit for SSB, and keypad for direct entry of frequencies so a memory list can be done without hoping a station is actively transmitting while doing ATS search. OR an active USB interface for programming from PC with ability to save freq & mode. Already have the USB port, s/b minor change for data I/O and programming software s/b a snap, just freq & mode. Like it well so far, great monitor for other HF nets while busy on another HF freq. Except for fewer memories, works better than Grundig Satellit 750 which was $300 10 yrs ago, which does not charge internal batteries, truly sloppy AGC, and a worthless squelch even on VHF air.
The size and capability of this little radio are impressive. My six-year-old daughter and I are able to listen late at night and pick up broadcasts from stations as well as ham conversations on the single side band clearly using a long wire antenna we hang in her room. Naturally, we search for transmissions on the frequencies that are best heard at night, yet it is frustrating to have to dial to them. We can preset some frequencies into the memory, but a keypad to plug in frequencies would be a much better solution. We totally recommend this radio.
I liked the Gen2 so much that I bought a Gen3. Pretty much everything that I could say has been said in previous reviews so I won't rehash it. It's not a R-390/A or a R7A, but it's a darn good $90 radio. I was attracted to it because of the SSB capability and the small size. NiMH capability and universal USB cable charging port were a pluses. One of the first things that I noticed was that when switching from AM to SSB the bandwidth of the receiver narrowed. This is what is supposed to happen! This means narrower noise bandwidth and true single-signal CW and SSB reception. What may not be as obvious is that it is also handy for AM reception under conditions of interference, noise, or selective fading. Switch to SSB, ensure that you are zero-beat to the carrier, and pick the sideband that sounds the best. The only thing that would have made it better would be direct frequency entry, but with the batteries consuming fully a third of the size of the unit adding a full numeric keypad is probably not practical. Perhaps in a future version with a compact (user replaceable) Li-Poly or similar battery will have some extra keyspace? If not, easy pushbutton selection of frequency step by 1/10/100/1M/10M would even help...