I should correct my post. Somehow when Marco and I were chatting, I bumped the dial and changed the frequency ever so slightly. I guess I didn't have it locked down, but it was dark and I was shifting and driving.
My guess is that would account for why it got static so quickly. I'll plan a more thorough test of it in Moab. I will say, I've had it ON during the day since Tuesday and the battery is only at half, and that's on the factory charge. Holy smokes!
1978 13BT-40, 70 series mechanicals
1966 FJ45 lwb stock
2003 100 stock
1974V8J40, 1992FJ80, 1985FJ60, 1971FJ55, 1978FJ40, 1974FJ40, 1997 LX450 all long gone.