County Comm GP5 (Gen 3) SSB Handheld Radio Review – Best SSB Shortwave Option For The Price?

I came across this radio about a couple weeks ago and wanted to give it a try. It has some amazing features for the price point and although its the same basic design as the Tecsun pl 360, the County Comm has single side band which the pl 360 does not. 

If you enjoy FM, AM and Shortwave as well as listening to the ham frequencies on hf this radio is a must have. 

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Specs from County Comm – 

Radio: 225 hrs at 40% Volume ( 50% Increased Run Time )

FM – Stereo via stereo earphones / MW / LW / SW

FM – Stereo via stereo earphones / MW / LW / SW

FM Frequency range adjustable (76 / 87 / 87.5 ~ 108 MHz)

Antenna Length 18 Inches

450 Station Memories

Multi Tuning Methods: ATS, ETM, Auto scan tuning with 5 seconds pre-listening for both frequency & memory (VF / VM), Manual tuning 9K/10K AM tuning step selectable

Silicon Labs Si4734 DSP chipset

LCD Backlight

Outside Temp Gauge 

Key lock function

External AM antenna Jack

Built-in rechargeable function (USB jack, 5V) ( can use rechargeable batteries)

Size: 53 (W) x 159 (H) x 26 (D) mm

Modes : AM, FM, SW, USB, LSB

FM: 87 – 108 or 76 – 108 MHz

— FM broadcast band includes world-wide FM broadcast allocations

MW/ AM: 522 – 1620 (9K tuning step) or 520 – 1710 kHz (10K tuning step)

SW: Extended Frequency Range to 1711-29999 ( higher and lower coverage )

LW frequency: 150 – 522 kHz (available for 9K tuning step only)

Sterile Fiberboard Packaging Per Contract Requirements

Power Requirements:

Stereo earphones

External AM antenna

Soft antenna

Carrying pouch

User manual

Power Requirements:

4.5 Volts DC via side jack (no adapter included)

3 each “AA” batteries ( Batteries not included )

Dimensions: 6.20″ X 2.05″ X .80″

Weight: 85 Grams not including batteries 

Speaker: 40 mm in diameter, 4 Ohms, .5 watt ( 2.5 times the output of the GP-4L ) 

Earphone Jack: 3.5 MM, Earphones Included

Limited Supply From Surplus Contract

Warning: Some suppliers are offering aftermarket large ferrite bar antennas for our GP-5 Radios. The weight of the aftermarket antenna causes the AM Bar Antenna Input connector to break internally, losing AM reception. This will void your warranty.

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