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Originally posted by jtma508
Might I suggest instead of a 2m radio a multibander instead. I have three Yaesu VX-5's. These are a 90's model (there are newer versions) but are feature-packed in a very small (4" x 1.5" x 2" less antenna) package. They xmit on 6m, 2m and 70cm (430MHz) bands but are general coverage receivers (shortwave to UHF) that include Wx, broadcast, aviation, marine and public service frequencies. They have all the bells and whistles and are rugged little suckers.
Originally posted by wcssar
There is one thing to bare in mind about hand Helds, well like everything else several things.
1: the clam shell battery holder. I have a yeasue 411e 2m with mars conversion that works on all the local emergency service freqs. I use a clamshell which is a battery box that uses batteries and replaces the rechargeable battery. These are made by the radio company and are model specific. I also only use lithium batteries they have several times the energy density, are much lighter, and work in cold, which disables alkaline batteries.
2: small hand helds that use a “rubber duckie “antenna are choked and do not broadcast at the full power that the radio is capable of. You can get other antenna: one like the segmented car antenna, another like fishing rod segment, and you can (if you know how, maybe someone who knows will give the details) make an antenna out of old TV antenna wire that can be thrown over things to raise it for better range.
3: armature electronic supply sells an amplifier that you can use in your car to boost your handheld from 5 to 25 watts or more.(aes.com)
4: lots of stuff I don’t know or remember