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Old 08-12-2017, 11:42 AM   #1
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I am having intermittent issues with my radios (both of them). I have an appt with the shop in two weeks but I have a critical trip next week.
What are some opinion on the best handheld for transmitting distance?
I was looking at the icom.
At first I did not see a suction cup antenna mount but I found one.
would the suction cup antenna help with distance? it look like you attach the existing radio antenna to it so I am not sure if it would improve transmitting distance.
one other question, at altitude, what distance would you expect to be able to talk to a tower with a handheld?



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Old 08-12-2017, 04:10 PM   #2
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The handhelds are much lower power, and being inside the cabin really kills their range.

Attached to an outside antenna, you might see five to ten miles of viable transmission.

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The icom hand held has 5 watts of output power. Most of our aircraft radios have 13 to 20ish... the major differance is in the antenna. The small rubber ducky antenna in the habd held really limits the range, along with being inside the aluminum aircraft.... blocks the signel from getting out.

The window mount is not much better.... some aircraft have an antenna connection on the pannel that allows the hand held to be connected to one if the aircraft antennas, this would really help make the hand held get out better.

I use an Icom with a longer antenna as my backup and it works ok but will be adding an external antenna for it in a few months at annual...
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This is the one I use... it tunes up better at 125.00 Mhz than in the Ham Radio band so works great. Even when inside the aircraft.
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