Tag Archives: GP5/SSB

Ashok is impressed with the GP5/SSB

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Many thanks to SWLing Post reader (and contest winner) Ashok Shankar Das, who writes:

The GP5/SSB receiver I got as prize from your SWLIing Post Virtual Radio Challenge is great. My friends envy the cute Monster 🙂

Well with this radio I am monitoring 40m and 20m HAM bands regularly. Since January till date I have received several stations. Most interesting stations till date are VK6HCF/portable, RW9JZ and EA3JE (from India).

Here’s a screen shot of the log book if you like to see. 🙂

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This is excellent news, Ashok! Many thanks again to CountyComm who sponsored our Virtual Radio Challenge IV.

I hope to have another sponsored challenge posted within the next month or two. Frankly, I have multiple projects on my table, so free time has been almost non-existent the past few weeks. Indeed, I’m still catching up on a back log of correspondence I received during my travels last month! (I appreciate your patience and understanding!)

Happy listening, Ashok!

Update: Check out Ashok’s radio blog:

http://swldas.blogspot.in/2016/03/my-experience-with-gp-5ssb.html

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Ron approves of the high-gain ferrite bar antenna

Ferrite-Bar-PL-365In response to our post about the high-gain ferrite bar antenna for the Tecsun PL-360/PL-365 and CountyComm GP5/DSP and GP5/SSB, SWLing Post contributor, Ron, writes:

…and it’s worth it.

On MW there is a marked difference on both the low and high ends
of the band, just as the builder said, compared to the stock plugin antenna.

On longwave my local NDB BH went from being barely audible on the stock
plugin to being quite readable–well above the noise.

The seller replied to a question about it being shipped very quickly
since it never did track on USPS.

Good seller, reliable email, good antenna that works as claimed–no problem here.

Click here to view the antenna on eBay.

Thank you so much for the report, Ron!

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A high-gain ferrite bar antenna for the PL-360/PL-365 and CountyComm GP5 series

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If you own a Tecsun PL-360, PL-365 or a CountyComm GP5/DSP or GP5/SSB, you might take note of this large ferrite bar antenna offered by a Greece-based seller on eBay.

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As you can see in the image above, this antenna is substantially larger than the stock MW antenna supplied by the manufacturer. According to the seller, this ferrite bar antenna has a 10 – 25 db gain over the stock external antenna. I imagine its ability to null unwanted signals is also much better.

The price is about $40 US shipped internationally.

Have any SWLing Post readers ordered this antenna? If so, please share your comments/reviews.

Click here to view the antenna on eBay.

SWLing Post reader, David Korchin, also shares the following demo video on YouTube:

Many thanks to SWLing Post readers, Francis Frankenne and David Korchin for the tip!

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Dave’s review of the CountyComm GP5/SSB

GP5SSB-FrontDave Zantow (N9EWO) has just posted his review:

CountyComm GP5/SSB Pocket Portable (with SSB) Review Now Posted

Now posted up on my web page. It’s mid way down. Note : I also totally updated my Tecsun PL-360 review as well (the first top review on this same page).

http://webpages.charter.net/n9ewo2/pl360.html

Dave’s reviews are always top-notch, so you should read this one if considering the GP5/SSB. If you haven’t already, you can click here to read our recent review of the CountyComm GP5/SSB as well.

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