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We'll I've gotten too deep into working rallies to get by without a ham license anymore. What should I be looking for when buying a handheld?
Yes, and you will sometimes find that the little spring that pushes the center pin in a cigarette lighter adapter will get so hot that it will anneal in the compressed position, lose all its springiness, and then you have a very erratic power connection. Definitely an extremely poor installation, though it will get you by in a pinch, or in a rental car. I would buy an extra power lead and cable if you think that you will be moving your rig to a temp car, and then run 10 or 25W max thorugh a cig lighter adapter. Take the provided power lead and install direct to your main car or truck's battery, and make sure the fuses go really near to the battery.Kevin D said:When I set up to work Rallys I had the same question. I got a handheld and ran it through a booster and a Mag Mount. It is supposed to put out 35 watts which has worked fine for the last 11 years. (The first Magnum Opus was one of the first events I ever worked.)
I run mine though the cigarette lighter but have been told by Radio People in the know, that if you want to get anywhere close to the 50 Watts they claim you need go direct to the battery. Most of the testing they have done shows the Radio putting out closer to half what they claim. Just something to think about when doing your install.
Found something on these, finally (tenth time is a charm). http://jr-international.fr/product_info.php?products_id=2711- two that I have no idea about since the only identification I can find inside or out is "JR-25" on the faceplate & circuit board, and "Carol DM600" on the mic.
As with real estate, location is everything. Out in the desert, an HT will reach literally MILES. In the woods, you'll sometimes be lucky to be heard a few hundred yards.Although I'd prefer a mobile myself, i've been able to make myself quite useful at CRS rallies using my Yaesu FT-60. With a mag mount and lighter power. there are very few spots from which I can't communicate.
Hey Mike,The other two are better IDed - "Standard Model GX3010HT UHF FM Trunking Radio" that some web research indicates MIGHT be reconfigured to work in HAM freqs. I'm guessing Bruce Ws advice will turn out accurate, "Sell them and buy a ICOM," but I wanted to see what the rest of you experts think.