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Handhelds don't seem to get the distance that a fixed mount with an antenna get. When I cross the lake I now bring my ACR personal locator beacon. They are small and use satellites no notify rescue.

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The problem with handhelds is the short antenna. VHF antennas connect to each other by line of sight, making that connection severely affected by geography and the curvature of the earth. And yes, the hard-wired units do have a stronger transmitter. 

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