A lot of old farts talk smack about #Baofeng (and in truth their early radios *were* crap), but they have drastically lowered the barrier for new hams.
If it's in budget, I'd look at one of the DMR Tier II capable models:
In part because of Baofeng supporting it at the $200 price point, #DMR seems to be the growing standard for VHF/UHF amateur digital comms.
@kadin cool. I ordered a UV-5R to get started. So when that gets here I can start fiddling. I "think" there is an echolink repeater out here.
@Capheind If you want to get more range for your 5W, I can heartily recommend building a flowerpot antenna for 2m/145MHz. They are cheap and simple to build. Not exactly hand held but can be portable.
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