Tried a few more spots around Bakersfield with Explorer QRZ-1 HT and my BTech UV-25X2 25w.
No reception from locations in SW Bakersfield to my house in SE, appears to be too low, not line of sight.
Did stop by Home Depot in East Hills and Target East Hills.
Home Depot fair signal, obvious signal difference between Handheld and Mobile, but, there were variables. Inside car quiet and more power, outside less power, but also wind and traffic noise, but still amazed