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VHF/UHF Handheld Performance Comparison (all QST tests)

Hi all,

I was looking for a way to compare the performance of VHF/UHF handhelds and find the key indicator that would be relevant for summits that have strong broadcast interference. I realised I don’t need to reinvent the wheel and test dozens of radios, the data is already out there: QST has tested most of the popular handhelds, and the measurement for 3rd-Order Dynamic Range (10MHz) is exactly what I need.

So, being too lazy to go outside this morning, I went to my ARRL account, downloaded all QST tests of handhelds and centralised performance measurements in one easy to use table. It’s sorted by “3rd DR wide 2m (dB)” by default but you can sort by other criteria if you want, or just search for your favourite model.

Without further ado, here it is:

On older products there is no data for 10Mhz spaced 3rd order Dynamic Range unfortunately.