Henry wrote:Just one more quick question.can you talk to people around the world on 2m 70cm?
Not on FM not really. Although using legal foundation licence power & a simple 10 meter (29mhz) FM or SSB set up or a simple 6 meter SSB set up you will find during the summer that it is easily possible, to work big chunks of the world. I have worked all over ona wire antenna on 10 meters using 5 watts & less. I have worked mobile to mobile with a Polish station. I was running 5 watts at the start, but 2.5 watts later. He was running just 1 watt & using home made equipment.
Where you are a very simple beam & 10 watts max would get you into Europe & up the East coast as far as Scotland with ease on 2 meters SSB.
The issue with 2 meters SSB, is that it needs a contest to make it work, as most people who use 2 meters don't even know that FM simplex is possible there, let alone that SSB exists.