In reply to G7LAS:
Since Karen and I have been activating summits, we have tried many different handhelds from the various manufacturers…Their effectiveness at dealing with the amazing amount of R.F. crud on a summit has been somewhat illuminating!
My preferred radio to use would be the Yaesu FT 530…Built like a brick, the size of a brick, the weight of a brick, proper controls, good audio in and out, a lovely H/H but a front end like an R.F. sponge…Totally useless.
Icom E90…Poor front end but we only use it for 4m…It works well there.
Kenwood TH79/78/22/42 etc etc …Decent radios but there are better ones.
Alinco DJ/G5…Surprisingly good, front end seemed pretty bomb proof and I don’t recall it ever letting anything through that I didn’t want to hear…Downside? it was a little bit on the deaf side.
Alinco DJ/G7 a cracking radio for 23 cms…However, on one summit, we ran out of battery power on the H/H we were using, so utilised the G7 for 2m, went to the simplex channel we were on and called back to the station we had been working…No response, so listened around the band and all signals were way down.
We’ve since done more tests with the G7 on 2m and come to the conclusion that this rig will only ever be used on 23 cms!
Kenwood TH7e Pretty decent, certainly a radio we use often and had no issues with.
Kenwood TH7d Fair…I bought it with APRS in mind, as such it will do the job nicely but not a radio I would take on a known problem summit.
There have been others as well, all consigned to the ‘No longer of use’ drawer!
This brings us to what we do now use…No contest as far as we are concerned, the Yaesu FT 270 ticks all the boxes…Very well made, waterproof, stunning battery life, cracking tx audio (with speaker mic), simple controls regardless of the wx, and for what they offer, they’re good value for money…We have 4 of them and have no intention of trying anything else to replace them.
Antenna used with the 270 is either a Diamond X5000 triband or a Sandpiper Delta Quad and have had no problems with breakthrough (so far!)