are the walkie talkie type of radios you see people
carrying around. They are also called portable radios. As ruled by the
FCC (Federal Communications Commission), handheld radios may not have
more than 5 watts of power.
These radios are available in all of the frequency bands: General Mobile
Radio Service (GRMS), Family Radio System (FRS), Multi-Use Radio Service
(MURS), Ultra-High Frequency (UHF), and Very-High Frequency (VHF).
The MURS and FRS are unlicensed frequencies, but all the others require
a license from the FCC to operate them.
The durability of handheld radios varies widely. Commercial grade radios
are generally built to military specification standards so they meet
levels for such criteria as vibration, rain, salt air, sand/dust, shock
(dropping), humidity, temperature as well as other factors.
Features also vary widely. Family-type radios offer basic communication,
while commercial radios have features that are designed specifically for
business related communication. Commercial radios also have a variety of
headset options specific for different job functions.