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Some good points being made here.
More times than not, it’s a shock for someone new to Part 15 to fire up their transmitter, and then see range that is vastly different from that being reported here and elsewhere.
I’ve been an advocate for the use of common terminology when talking about range – does that 1 mile range being reported elsewhere mean that you can listen to the radio signal clearly, or is it barely audible? And what is on the receiving end – a portable radio (which has poor sensitivity and selectivity), or a sensitive, selective car radio (selectivity is even more important than sensitivity in my view, as it stops strong signals on adjacent frequencies from bleeding over into yours – and anything on your frequency will reduce range).
It might be useful to see how far your signal is going while you’re driving.
Still, 50 feet still seems light, even with a portable radio.