As an all around radio your best money is a mobile. By the time you get an HT, amp and all that you will have spent lots more than a solid 50W FM mobile. If you are looking at the VX-7 class HT just get an FT-8800R. Unless you really plan to operate while backpacking there is nothing that the HT will do better and the mobile will sound better, be more sensitive receiving, easier to operate. The dual VFOs and all the features of the higher end HTs are really not nearly as useful as they are in a mobile. I would get the VX-60 or the VX-5 if the prices are right but save money for the mobile, which really IMO makes a difference whether or not ham clicks with you or not.
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