That midland isn't going to be worth much past 1-2 miles... less than that in hilly terrain or the city. I couldn't find specs on the output wattage, but based on the power source, I doubt it's putting out much more than the handhelds. And the handhelds don't perform even close to the wildly-optimistic range specs they advertise.
Alaskan... I thought operation on the marine band was prohibited inland. Also, are you serious about being able to get 25-40 miles, over land, @ 25w without very tall directionals at both ends? I'm just looking into options myself, but your range estimates are quite a bit higher than what I've heard from some Hams concerning 2M VHF.
Sure is it's call Direction finding or DFing for short and tranmitter fingerprinting. DFing is done with a reciever and a very directional antenna, a antiuator ( a device that intensional lower the signal strength to the reciever) and today a lap top computer. Couple that with GPS mapping and trianglation ploting software, and they can make super short work on finding you. And being mobile doesn't help either.This is may have been asked before, but whats to stop me if I use a ham radio without a license, is there a way they can track you down via your signal?
As above there are ways you can get a bearing on a broadcasting station.This is may have been asked before, but whats to stop me if I use a ham radio without a license, is there a way they can track you down via your signal?
My answer is GMRS with repeater around the homestead. From a car mounted unit I can get 30 miles from the repeater and still reach it.Whether you decide to bug in or bug out when TSHTF how do you guys plan to keep in touch with the outside world? I have been thinking about getting a cb or shortwave radio as back up means of communication what do you guys think is it worth it???