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Is 350mW transmit power enough for rallying in the woods of the Northwest, or should I been looking at the more expensive 5W handhelds?

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>Is 350mW transmit power enough for rallying in the woods of
>the Northwest, or should I been looking at the more
>expensive 5W handhelds?
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>Thanks,
>Skye

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.

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Correct. 5 watts is the least you should consider. You should also consider a larger aftermarket antenna (mag mount for the car or a bigger whip for the HT). Those little short ones are cute but are very inefficent. Also, 2-meters (and above ie 440/UHF) is very line of sight. If you are blocked from "seeing" the repeater or the other station communications will be take place.
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Skye, I have found my 5 watt handheld to work well at NW rallys. I can almost always talk to Mt. Top with 5 watts. Now my car has a 25 or 50 watt rig these days with a good ant. It works, well better.

Line of sight is funny, with my handheld here in my 45th floor office I have no problem talking to the Mt Constitution Repeater some 75 miles away... line of sight, even with the crapy rubber ducky ant.

1/3watt seems to be a little light on power. Esp since a 5 watt 2m/440 radio is cheap on e-bay or www.qrz.com

Derek

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