Since we don't have a HAM forum hopefully some HAMs may see this.
I recently just passed my Tech license and am planning on taking the General license soon. I have been looking at various ideas for a portable ham radio. I have looked at the maps and it appears repeaters are really common if you are along the road system. I was wondering if anybody has experience with 2M/70cm HT's and beam antenna's trying to hit a repeater from 50-60 miles away with success. For example from Petersville hills to Mt Susitna or Baldy or maybe out at Eureka out to the road system.
I do realize I would get better range with HF after I get my General but I do have a 2m to go in my truck and would still like 2M HT to match. Also the HF portable rigs like the Yaseu 817/857 are alot of money.
Thanks for any thoughts you guys may have. akraven