I used to HATE "auto power-off" on HTs. "I don't want the radio to
shut down unless *I* tell it to!" - So said Clint in his younger days ...
Today, I went to my Motorola case that I use to carry presentation
stuff with me, and there were two of my four HTs - with drained
battery packs, 'cause SOMEONE forgot to turn them OFF before
packing them away after a presentation last week (grin).
SO ... Think about using APO. On Yaesu HTs, the rig will emit a chirping
noise to give you a few seconds' warning before shutting down after so
much time of inactivity.
For FT-60R rigs, it is Menu Item 1. You can set it from .5 hour to 12 hours,
I believe. I will be setting mine to two or three hours ... (grin)
On the Kenwood TH-D72a, you can set Menu 1-1-1 to 15/30/60 minutes.
And I have no idea how Icom treats this feature ... Anyone with a '51 or other
Icom rig out there to tell us how Icom treats / sets up APO?