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Second time poster, need advice on a pocket Radio. Primarily for AM when hiking, wouldn't mind SW capability. Anyone have a recommendation?,
 

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Country Comm GP-5 SSB
https://countycomm.com/products/countycomm-gp-5-ssb-general-purpose-radio

Specs:
  • 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)



 

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Seconding this. I have one and it's a great little receiver. One really nice feature is that you can power the radio through the USB charging jack (remove the batteries first if they aren't the right type of rechargeable). I've used this feature to power the radio from a large USB battery. The radio also covers the amateur radio HF bands and you can use the SSB mode to receive morse code transmissions.
 

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Seconding this. I have one and it's a great little receiver. One really nice feature is that you can power the radio through the USB charging jack (remove the batteries first if they aren't the right type of rechargeable). I've used this feature to power the radio from a large USB battery. The radio also covers the amateur radio HF bands and you can use the SSB mode to receive morse code transmissions.
+1 on the CountyComm GP5 these are what I keep in my Go Bag.
 

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Grundig and Eton are good names . Tec sun isnt too bad either . What ever you get I would grab 1 of these as well . It either plugs into the radio antenna port or can just attach to a telescoping antenna https://kaito.us/t-1.html
It will improve your sw reception a lot over the stock antenna . Hell , a long piece of speaker wire will do the same but I like this wind up antenna and use it myself .
 

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My go-to choices for a pocket radio in order of increasing cost:

Tecsun PL-360 (https://www.amazon.com/Tecsun-PL-36...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B004QJKO52)

Countycomm GP-5 SSB

Icom IC-R6 (https://www.amazon.com/Icom-Sport-H...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00F8FWS02)

I have all three and they all work well, but I love the Icom for it's small size and the fact you can listen in on pretty much every in-use frequency band (all SW bands (but no SSB), CB, GMRS, FRS, Air, Marine, Weather, TV, etc.)
 

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My go-to choices for a pocket radio in order of increasing cost:



Tecsun PL-360 (https://www.amazon.com/Tecsun-PL-36...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B004QJKO52)



Countycomm GP-5 SSB



Icom IC-R6 (https://www.amazon.com/Icom-Sport-H...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00F8FWS02)



I have all three and they all work well, but I love the Icom for it's small size and the fact you can listen in on pretty much every in-use frequency band (all SW bands (but no SSB), CB, GMRS, FRS, Air, Marine, Weather, TV, etc.)


Is the CC GP-5/SSB the same radio as the Tecsun?
Looking at the pictures on amazon it looks identical.
I have the GP-5 and it comes with the same pouch same plastic belt clip and it looks like the same AM antenna and FM clip on external antenna. It even looks like it’s got the mini usb charger port on the side.
Just curious because it’s a bit cheaper.
 

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Is the CC GP-5/SSB the same radio as the Tecsun?
Looking at the pictures on amazon it looks identical.
I have the GP-5 and it comes with the same pouch same plastic belt clip and it looks like the same AM antenna and FM clip on external antenna. It even looks like it’s got the mini usb charger port on the side.
Just curious because it’s a bit cheaper.
PL-360 doesn't have SSB. The GP-5 is a PL-365, which I'm not sure is otherwise available in the US.
 

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Many of your suggestions say "built in memory". Does it still remember the stations, even when the batteries are dead?
 

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I don't recall, but it does have a function to do a scan and memorize the stations it finds. That goes reasonably fast.
 

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Many of your suggestions say "built in memory". Does it still remember the stations, even when the batteries are dead?


The one I have will remember stations when I do a battery swap, but I’m not sure if it is a replaceable button cell PRAM battery like on a computer or just a capacitor that only has power for a short time.
The GP-5/SSB radio can use rechargeable batteries and has a mini USB port for charging without having to remove them.

Edit to add:
The GP-5/SSB does come with an external antenna for AM/LW reception. It plugs into the top of the radio so it’ll still fit in the pouch but I have no idea how well it works while hiking in the woods. Hopefully someone else can help with that.


 

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This Craftsman radio rids in my get home bag which is actually a camelbak Mult I picked up in a free pile at a yard sale. The radio I think I got for about $12 at another sale.

https://www.amazon.com/Craftsman-CM...man+radio&qid=1582524644&s=electronics&sr=1-1

SEVERE WEATHER ALERTS: NOAA Weather Band Radio plus AM/FM Radio. Alert yourself of severe weather and dangerous conditions before they arrive.
SOLAR & HAND CRANK CHARGING OPTIONS: Integrated solar panel and hand crank charges batteries on the go. Rechargeable battery/AAA selector switch.
UP TO 32 HRS OF RADIO PLAY: Enjoy up to 32 hours of radio play per charge.
PORTABLE CHARGER MICRO USB FOR MOBILE DEVICES: Charge your digital devices with the integrated micro-us port.
BUILT-IN FLASHLIGHT: Light the way with the integrated bright LED flashlight
WALL CHARGING: Integrated Micro-usb in for simple and quick wall charging
1 YEAR : only valid by authorized resellers
 
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