Ultimate Shortwave Coil Up Antenna
This simple long wire (16' long) antenna will improve the reception on the short-wave bands for most any portable short-wave radio including our GP-5 / GP-7. The coil of wire just clips right to the telescopic antenna. When you are all done you just wind it up on it's own neat coil. Perfect for travel. This will really open up the short-wave bands for your listening enjoyment.
This little clip on antenna gives your receiver really big ears over the std. antenna, makes a big difference when you need it too, I'm really enjoying mine.
Nice compact package. Easy to use. Works very well pulling in those distant stations. County Comm is a 5 STAR company
Love the antenna but there were no instruction in the box.
Wire extensions are a simple and effective way to pull in more signals, the winder makes it easy to deploy to the correct length, and put away when done listening. It's thin wire, so while up, it's barely visible from a distance, and can be run along things to make the deployment a little more discreet. When listening at night, this extra length of wire makes a huge difference with the lower bands.
Shortwave listeners (especially amateur radio operators and emergency management personnel) know that telescoping antennas are greatly enhanced when you add this wire to the system. Low bands mean that you need this additional length to truly give the GP-5's receiving circuitry the best chance of pulling in something on the deep end of 160M at night. The technology has been around forever, and it's nice to see something that sticks to the basics of function and low-profile aesthetics. Non-radio people won't even know what this is when it's rolled up, and it fits in your pocket.
While at the park, you can use the loop to hang the wire in the trees, and become invisible.
What I would really like to see CountyComm do is have this item included in this existing kit:
So that each kit would contain all the optional parts which make for a complete solution.
Between now, and when things get rotten, you've got an easy to carry and use radio that has more bands and greater sensitivity that equipment costing a lot more. While relaxing outside, it's just nice to have something that small which can actually pull in an overseas signal, or tune in the local FM station for news.
Amateur Radio Operators will also love this, because it's functional, easy to work with, and it just plain works!
People who work in Emergency Management, CERT and ARES/RACES/MARS will appreciate how functional, lightweight and tough this is, and that it can fit into their GO Bag without forcing them to sacrifice space or weight allowances.
What would also be really neat is a Bluetooth option built into this radio, so that you could enjoy greater discernment on those weaker signals and lower volume levels without waking others.