Bottom line, these are tough radios that just work. Excellent battery life and strong build. I have two for pit crews and desert trips. PCI programs my frequencies so they match the race car and chase vehicles which is great. Every radio you touch works the same way, no learning curve. The F1000 will not have the range of a 50W radio with a 3db gain antenna on the top of a roof but thats not their purpose. These radios get the job done for short range operations and communicate very well with the big radios. What they lack in a digital screen they gain in simplicity that works and in very harsh conditions. As always PCI has amazing support, I have called a few times with various questions about setup and their advise is on point.
We used this handheld during the Battle at Primm. Gave us great coverage.