Mostly I prefer HF CW for my SOTA activations, but am recently giving VHF a try as I can get into the large population centres of from Vancouver through to Seattle from our island.
In my neck of the woods (VE7/CL) many of the nearby summits have commercial radio towers on them. I have noted my el cheapo Wouxun UVD1P receiver got completely overloaded once from the local RF at one summit as to be almost unusable. Many years ago an older Kenwood handheld had similar problems when I activated from a large hilltop with commercial radio towers nearby (well before SOTA even began). At that time it was the priciest Kenwood handheld on the market.
I may have access to an older Motorola HT1250 handheld and wonder whether it might be worth reprogramming this for amateur frequencies - hoping they might be a bit more robust on the receiver front-end ??
Has anyone out there found a really good handheld that does not suffer so much from such problems?
73’s Larry VE7EA