“So, how far can you talk with one of those handheld ham radios?” A question that comes up a lot, and some will become irate when told just how far most radios won't talk. Hint: No matter what the label says (in most use) the GMRS/FRS HT will not talk 32 miles, without something in-between.
Here are a couple of links well worth reading to get a fairly accurate 'feel' for the distance your VHF/UHF radio will talk.
Arguing is something I seldom waste time with any more, let others believe whatever makes them warm and fuzzy. Another fallacy is those claiming doubling power (4 watts to 8 watts) doubles the distance they can talk. Mostly going 4 to 8 watts cuts your battery life in half. Want to increase range? Add an elevated J-Pole antenna a far better choice than using more power. Want to really increase range and minimize intercept? Use a Yagi beam pointed in the direction you wish to talk.
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