Great advice, and it's never too late to second that kind of good advice! Hand helds are second radios, not first. Period. Get a standard 50w 2m or dual band mobile unit and if/when the emergency comes, you'll be ever so thankful you did not get stuck with a highly limited .5, 1.5 or 5w hand held that cost you almost as much as the 50w mobile. And don't cheap out on the antenna; that fifty watts won't go far at all without a good antenna. Not far at all.
Originally Posted by AndrewP
My rig: five gears, four wheels, three radios, two seats, one nut.
"Nobody seems to have the time to do it right, but everybody seems to have the time to do it again."
"Ennie Meeny Dip-sah-deeny, Ob Gob Oobaleeney, Up Dump Diddliney Out Goes Y-O-U!"