Re: best handheld for scouts
- Depends on your specific criteria but I'm very partial to radios that
are inexpensive and really appreciate the ones that are free. Some
Scouts could be used by the military to field prove MIL-SPEC standards
as they'll subject a radio to use and abuse that even a combat unit
All humor aside, using donated radios (commercial if you can get them)
is one way to protect your investment. Even if donated, you'll invest
time and money making them operational. So the lower initial
investment is good. (That and once they've carried a "brick" like a
Bendix King or Motorola HT500 they appreciate the VX-150 or a VX-7 and
are a bit more careful.)
Actually, I do agree with the VX-150 for a single band radio. I have
a couple which have survived a number of hikes and backpacking trips
with my scouts / venturers. On VX-150 survived a fall into a pond from
about 20'. Removed the battery pack and let it dry for a couple of
weeks, works fine. For a dual band radio, I've been using the FT-60
with good results. Yes, the SMA's are a problem if you're frequently
removing the antennas, but if you find yourself doing that, I'd get a
If you purchase new ham equipment, I suggest getting the AA battery
carriers for when your backpacking, it's hard to find a charging
Charles - KD6RXY
--- In ScoutRadio@yahoogroups.com, "Ed Moss" <ed@...> wrote:
> I have two Yaesu / Vertex VX-150's Easy to use and very rugged and
> weather resistant. Have used it in the rain and have dropped them a
> few times with only minor scuffs.
> Paid $110 for each, then got then quick charger and AA battery pack.
> Features are fairly easy to use.
> Only drawbacks, Audio could be a little louder, has a
> relatively "fragile" SMA connector, and isn't a broadband scanner.
> For 2m and listening to VHF Hi and some local aircraft freq... works
> Ed - N0LJD