For a primary I would advise against it. It is only .5 or 1.0 watts so the distance is very limited. That is my biggest complaint and the lack of a key pad. During CM I was across from the big tent and could barely understand folks using their HT's in the tent. I would suggest he get a normal size HT and buy a mic, external antenna and a car charger. After that a protective cover, holster or some type of carrying device and an extra charger/batteries.
Just my opinion after having used mine and my full size HT.