berkinet Posted November 27, 2018 Report Share Posted November 27, 2018 Our CERT group is, once again, evaluating handheld radios. We have looked at, and owned, a bunch. But, none seem to match 100% of our wish list items. Here is our feature wishlist (I.e. the ideal radio would have all of these capabilities):GMRS frequencies (Part 95 compliance is not required)Display (LCD or?)Single VFO or dual VFO with single VFO modeLockable keyboardText name assignable to each channelPower (H/L) and PL options settable for each programmed channelSplit PL support (xmit/rcv on different PL tones)Power settings can be temporarily changed from keyboard without having to reprogram the channelPL receive setting can be temporarily defeated. (I.e. channel monitor)Current production model The following are under the would be nice category (but, not specifically required. Highly desirable features are marked with a *):* Dual band (VHF/UHF)* Option to receive ham and public service frequencies* CHIRP supportPrice $150 or underHigh power option (nominal 5W)Can optionally use alkaline batteriesStandardized antenna connector (BNC, SMA, etc.)Ability to lock out transmit on a channel* Only one transmit button (Some radios have 2, for VFO-A and VFO- B )Programmable function buttons or keys. Could be used for power setting, PL mode, etc.General online availability In other words... we are looking for a fool proof radio. Something that cannot easily or accidentally be reset to another frequency or PL setting and has a clear easy to read display with a minimum of not-lockable buttons. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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