On a recent trip the family used our brand new Midland GMRS hand held radios. 2 things I noticed that I didn't care for. When they say "line of sight" they mean it. As we were traversing around buttes, boulders, dipping into swales, washouts, and other natural occurrences, contact was completely lost. I wonder how they would perform in the lush greenery of Pennsylvania? The other thing that was bothersome, the charge didn't last all day, not even 4 or 5 hours. So, I'll reflect on the title of this thread, were we doing something wrong, or should I remain unimpressed? I'll stick with my old reliable CB, a PLB, and our hand held, unlicensed HAM, which would only ever be used in the case of a dire emergency. To think that I almost went out and spent upwards of 250 for a mounted one.