posted on Jan, 30 2007 @ 09:07 PM
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