>Is 350mW transmit power enough for rallying in the woods of
>the Northwest, or should I been looking at the more
>expensive 5W handhelds?
350 mW is not enough to do anything, unless you are standing next to a repeater (ask me how I know). But it makes a great scanner to listen to the net while in the car or as a worker (and it cost me only $75.00 because it was the demo model). Go with the 5W.