We have setup a repeater for post-disaster (AKA earthquakes in our area) communications. The idea is to create a channel for neighborhood groups to communicate, principally for the purpose of sharing resources. This is important, because in a post quake situation official resources may be maxed out for several o=hours to a few days.
We have looked at a range of HT radio options and have been principally using the Motorola P1225. This is a well built, sturdy radio that has ben well received. They are fairly inexpensive and we have the know-how and tools to program, maintain and repair them. We also have a number of people using CCRs, and their FCC accepted variants.
But, this question is about batteries. The only batteries available for the P1225 are NiCads. There do not seem to be any Li-ion of AA/AAA adapter battery packs. So, the issue is: Leaving a NiCad on the charger is not good for the NiCad, and leaving it in a drawer is not good for maintaining a charge.
What have other groups done to address this situation.