With Idaho running primarily on 440 this year, it looks like I'll be working it with my HT (Yaesu FT-60R). I've got enough budget to add all the accessories I'll need, but not the budget to go to a dual-band mobile...
A few questions for those who've used HTs more than I:
* Battery life. Both days on a single charge? Need to charge the thing overnight? Will need to charge / run while plugged in partway through the day?
* Antenna. I'm planning on picking up one of the 16" aftermarket antennas - Diamond SRH77CA or Comet SMA24. Comet claims theirs is 5/8 on 440, Diamond doesn't say on their site but Universal Radio says it's 1/2. I could pick up an adapter and use the HT to drive a bigger antenna on a magmount. With a 5/8 on a magmount be any different than a different than a 5/8 on the radio itself? How much better (particularly tx) is a 2x 5/8 going to be than a single 5/8?