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Old 01-26-2007, 01:13 PM
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What kind of range could I expect from a 5 watt hand held?
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What length?
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Length of what? Boat? Antena?
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Again. It's line of sight to the horizon.

Miles to the horizon = square root of the height of the tip of the antenna X ~1.4 for each station, added together. The formula is the same no matter what the power; only the signal strength at the receiving end will be different (not the range).
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Roughly a mile a watt. They are line of sight so if the antennas can't see each other, you probably won't be able to communicate. Now if you are using an external antenna with gain, the range can increase dramatically!

Rubber duck... 4 - 5 miles
External antenna... Depends on the gain, height, type of coax, state of charge on the battery, etc....

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