I'm seeing the consensus forming here and I do appreciate you guys speaking from your experiences. As I said the motivation was that I'm in remote places on foot, and cell phones just don't cut it for emergency communication. I guess the presumption is if something happened I could get back to the rig. The 7800 and 8800 were ones that I was looking at during my research when I started to lean away from mobile but I don't want to short change myself with the HAM experience, well not too much any way. Dave when you wrote VX- 60 did you mean FT-60 or VX-6?
I will be going to HRO tomorrow to handle some of these radios. Hmm...
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