This is a product review of the GP-4L / EFTR Digital, 4-Band Shortwave Receiver. If you are wondering what EFTR is, it stands for Emergency Task Force Radio. Now they say this is the world’s smallest Shortwave (SW), and I don’t know if that’s a fact or not, but this little bugger is small (smaller than most of the small transistor radios from the 60’s) at 3.4" X 2.55" X .83".
Now many people view the SW radio as old fashioned, old technology. But everyone should have a SW radio because that is the world standard backup for getting information out in an emergency. Unlike normal small FM radio, where the range is very limited, the SW picks up transmissions from around the world depending on your location and your antenna. Most people get frustrated because they turn on a SW radio on don’t hear anything, what they don’t know is most of the traffic they you can pickup is at night. and the higher you are and the bigger the antenna you have the more you will pickup.
SW radios don’t require a fancy high dollar antenna to work. In fact the small one on this radio will work, but if you want a lot of stations you need a long wire thrown up into a tree, or one of the home made tuned antennas. (check out the internet, they sell a small kit for this radio that allows you much better tuning, and reception, and others have also shown how to make very good directional antennas our of some wire and a hoola hoop. All stuff you should play with before you really need it. The point is these radios give you news, information, and music (not stereo) from all over the world.
This one is kept in my Bug Out Bag, with rechargeable batteries. Information is key if you ever really needed to bug out, or if there was a national emergency (Korea’s or Iran)or a major storm (Katrina). You should have a SW radio as part of your gear.
Now for some stats on this radio:
The GP4L radio was originally made for the Canadian Market, and it has an integrated LED Emergency light and a built in CLOCK with 12 Hour display with Wake Up to Radio Alarm Feature.
Radio: 150 hrs at 40% Volume
Light: 70 Hrs
FM 76-109 MHz
SW 5.20-18.30 MHz
SW1= 49 Meter Bands 5.20 - 6.20 Mhz
41 Meter Bands 7.10 - 7.30 Mhz
31 Meter Bands 9.45 - 10.45 Mhz
SW2= 25 Meter Bands 11.01 - 12.05 Mhz
21 Meter Bands 13.60 - 13.80 Mhz
19 Meter Bands 15.10 - 15.60 Mhz
16 Meter Bands 17.55 - 18.30 Mhz
FM < 10 microV
MW-AM < 1 microV/Meter
SW-AM < 30 micro V
3-4.5 Volts DC via side jack (no adapter included)
2 each "AA" batteries
DIMENSIONS: 3.4" X 2.55" X .83"
WEIGHT: 85 Grams not including batteries
SPEAKER: 40 mm in diameter, 4 Ohms, .25 watt
EARPHONE JACK: 3.5 MM, Earphones Included
(Instructions come in both french and english)
Cost: About $28.00
Explaination: This radio has good features, and it works very well. Now I purchased the optional GP-4L SHORTWAVE ANTENNA and the Antenna I give high marks for even if it's just a wire. together this radio works pretty darn good and I think it's a valuable bit of kit for your pack.
The downside and the reason for the up and down is mine has a touchy battery compartment. if you don't hold the radio right it will lose the battery connection and turn off. thats not a feature, but a bug. it's also the only reason I also gave this a thumbs down.
Purchased from: County Comm Government Products Group
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