One of the models that caught my eye is the Baofeng UV-5R - A dual band radio with a great price (around $50 US) that has built up quite a following among hams and outdoors sportsman.
I decided to buy a pair from one of the major eBay outlets. Each HT came boxed with a 110V wall charger/stand, rechargeable 1800mA Li-ion battery, earpiece/mic combo, antenna, and belt clip.
The radio can be programmed with memorized frequencies and repeater settings using the keypad, or programmed using a computer and USB cable. I installed CHIRP on my mac (a programming software used to program a long list of makes and models) and soon was able to program in some local repeater sites.
As I mentioned earlier, there is quite a following among users of this radio. Its performance is impressive with 1 watt output in 'low' mode, and 4 watts in 'high'. This radio is capable of communication via 2-meter and 70-cm bands without restrictions. FM reception is also available on this unit, as is a LED flashlight.
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