UB got a screaming deal on his VX-7R. That's a great radio, but honestly if you are buying something new (or not getting that sort of deal), it's over kill. The 220MHz is only 300mW and 6m handheld is not going to do well. IOW, I wouldn't spend the money on a HT with anything other than 2m and higher frequencies. But in full disclosure, I have a VX-7R... Never used the 6m part, though the SW receive is nice to listen to at camp. It works pretty OK with a 25' wire strung up between a couple of trees.
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