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I am wanting to increase the wattage in my vertex 180v. I use it for my fire dept and I am not in my district 24/7. Does anybody know how to do this and is it fairly easy to do?
 

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I am wanting to increase the wattage in my vertex 180v. I use it for my fire dept and I am not in my district 24/7. Does anybody know how to do this and is it fairly easy to do?
Most modern portable radios, regardless of manufacturer, are what they are. Because of micro sized components and multiple layer pc boards, it's no longer easy to modify any part of the radio except for maybe a mic connector or speaker plug. So increasing the wattage of the radio itself, while theoretically possible I suppose, is just not doable for 99.999% of us.

You could look into improving the antenna system. If you're in a vehicle, there are antenna adapters that screw on in place of the flex antenna so you can connect to a vehicle mounted antenna.

There may be some linneys available, but why bother? For the cost and effort, you can buy several 25 to 50 watt mobiles.
 

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Most modern portable radios, regardless of manufacturer, are what they are. Because of micro sized components and multiple layer pc boards, it's no longer easy to modify any part of the radio except for maybe a mic connector or speaker plug. So increasing the wattage of the radio itself, while theoretically possible I suppose, is just not doable for 99.999% of us.

You could look into improving the antenna system. If you're in a vehicle, there are antenna adapters that screw on in place of the flex antenna so you can connect to a vehicle mounted antenna.

There may be some linneys available, but why bother? For the cost and effort, you can buy several 25 to 50 watt mobiles.

AMEN. A 3db antenna with 4 watts in gives you an effective 8 watts ERP. Bigger ears hear better also.

Can't speak specifically to Vertex products, but while I have seen Icom portables doing 6 or 8 watts the drain on the battery makes them very unreliable, especially for critical life and safety fire communications.
 

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jeatock said:
Most modern portable radios, regardless of manufacturer, are what they are. Because of micro sized components and multiple layer pc boards, it's no longer easy to modify any part of the radio except for maybe a mic connector or speaker plug. So increasing the wattage of the radio itself, while theoretically possible I suppose, is just not doable for 99.999% of us.

You could look into improving the antenna system. If you're in a vehicle, there are antenna adapters that screw on in place of the flex antenna so you can connect to a vehicle mounted antenna.

There may be some linneys available, but why bother? For the cost and effort, you can buy several 25 to 50 watt mobiles.

AMEN. A 3db antenna with 4 watts in gives you an effective 8 watts ERP. Bigger ears hear better also.

Can't speak specifically to Vertex products, but while I have seen Icom portables doing 6 or 8 watts the drain on the battery makes them very unreliable, especially for critical life and safety fire communications.
Even if your putting out 6-8w your only up 3db. 8w is not going to get you any significant more talk range than 5w. You would be better off getting a mobile with a 5/8wave antenna, even if it is only putting out 25w to the feedline
 
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