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PM4HIRE
01-15-2010, 02:00 PM
Recently, the GP4L radio (http://www.countycomm.com/gp4light.htm) has been getting a lot of
visibility on various travel and radio forums b/c of
its small size and ability to run for 150 hours on
two AA batteries.

The state department issues the GP4L radio to
its employees worldwide. I plan to order and
test this radio next month. My every day carry
radio is a Sangean DT-400W pocket radio.

AVService
01-15-2010, 03:58 PM
I love the Gov. Issue packed model.
Looks like an M.R.E. but probably tastes better than some.

Ed

bltkmt
01-16-2010, 09:26 AM
I own one, and am not that excited about it. The reception is not fantastic, and I find that it turns itself on sometimes when packed. Still, pretty small and cheap and runs on AA batteries.

PM4HIRE
01-16-2010, 10:14 AM
Bltkmt is correct, this radio is not a great performer and is designed to be a kick around radio at best...like they say, you get what you pay for.

Frankly, if I was traveling overseas, I woud take a Tecsun R-911 or 912 radio b/c of small size, battery life, and build quality. Tecsun radios are available on eBay. Analog radios ALWAYS get better battery life than digital radios, this important since batteries are expensive overseas.

ex machina
01-17-2010, 12:12 AM
My every day carry radio is a Sangean DT-400W pocket radio.

Hi PM4HIRE, how do you like the Sangean DT-400W?

PM4HIRE
01-17-2010, 10:01 AM
I take my Sangean DT-400W (http://www.amazon.com/Sangean-DT-400W-Digital-Weather-Pocket/dp/B0012YHQVE/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top) to dialysis three times a week b/c it is the only pocket radio I have that gets decent reception in a very high RF environment.

This radio is an update of the Sangean DT-200VX, so the basic design has been refined and on the FM band, the DT-400W gets about 40+ hours of play on 2 AA batteries, not bad for a digital radio. On the AM band, the battery life is about 50+ hours.

The weather band is handy too, but I rarely listen to the weather band b/c here in the greater Phoenix area the temps are hot and hotter. Of course, if you use headphones, you greatly extend the battery life on all radio bands.

I love the color of this radio b/c it is easy to see in my small TB Cafe bag.

Among radio geeks like me, the Sangean DT-400W is considered a must have pocket radio.

ex machina
01-17-2010, 06:01 PM
Tnx PM4HIRE, I think I'll take a gander at that rig. :)