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I recommend purchasing the programming software from RT Systems ([...]). It makes programmming the radio much faster and easier.
See you on the air.
I get great reception and transmission and I get great reports from folks with whom I come into contact. As I said, this is a great radio but waaaayy too expensive (for a starter radio) and it's got some features that, while good to have at times, aren't my main use for it. Also, the stock battery just plain sucks, about 5-6 hours with aprs running, and 6-7 without aprs running. APRS dot fi is a great place to play and watch your track. My wife appreciates it when the kid and I go off into the desert in the Xterra to play and explore. She can keep an eye on us and, heaven forbid, if anything ever happens, she can tell folks where to start looking and give the aprs dot fi website to emergency services for follow up. This is, imho, probably the BEST use for this radio. It's menu system on the keypad is not difficult at all. And learning to program from the keypad helps you learn the radio as well as helps newbies (like me) come to better understand the game. The vx8gr is sturdy and well put together as well. The screen is great although it can be a bit crowded with information. I like the satellite identification feature alot. I love the thing, frankly. But, if you do get the vx8gr, get a pair of extended batteries so you don't run out of power. Read on and you'll get my opinion on the Baofeng UV5R, as a backup or newbie's primary, which is a marvelous back up for when this has happened to me.
If you don't do aprs/gps, then go for the Kenwood th-f6a (the kid loves his) or the vx7r/vx6r. If you need/want fancy, then go Yaesu and Kenwood but it's gunna co$t you a bit. Really, if you don't do fancy stuff, I seriously suggest the Baofeng UV5R from Newgate on Amazon. They were great to work with and helped me get it working right. I'd also suggest a magmount 2m/70cm external antenna (glass mount antenna's are junk) or the Nagoya 771 for it because the included "rubber duckie" antenna is horrible. And a speaker/mic! The headset that comes with UV5R is lame although the kid likes it for when he is climbing/hiking. Go figure! Google miklor uv5r and get into the yahoo support group. It's a great radio if you don't need fanciness but want reliability, sturdiness, and low cost for high quality. I love mine and the kid prefers his over the Kenwood th-f6a that my father got for him for when he goes rock climbing. If it gets damaged, and it's survived some pretty hairy falls, it's inexpensive to replace. Ignore the cable/software for the UV5R and learn to program from keypad, it's better to learn the radio. The cable doesn't fit well on the UV5R without you having to trim it seriously and the software really isn't... you get the point. It's a simple straightforward radio system and there are a ton of websites, a yahoo group, and a load of youtube videos to guide/help you with the set up. And they come in colours (black, yellow, blue, red, and camo). Check 'em out through Newgate on Amazon.
In short, VX8GR, Oh Yeah! UV5R, Great Back Up system. The combo? Best bet for your hard-earned $$$!!!