Tonight some members of the Calvert Amateur Radio Association met on 146.580MHz to test out simplex range of narrow mode C4FM as seen in the new Yaesu radios. Five stations got into a round table discussion, all within about ten miles of my station. I haven't purchased anything other than the FT-1DR (handheld) so I'm only running 5 watts and am using a 2m j-pole antenna up around 40 feet.
There is talk about turning the repeater into a fully functioning digital repeater (obviously keeping the ability to utilize analog transmissions as well). When that happens I'm sure my coverage area will increase dramatically.