If $200 is your budget, our recommendation would be a hard mount 2m. You can pick up a good used one, brand new antenna and co-ax and stay with in budget. 50W with and external antenna grows your range exponentially and you already have a handheld when you need to hope out for a spot.Looking for a good recommendation on a handheld ham radio looking to spend no more than $200. I already have a BaoFeng UV-5R and just looking for an upgraded model, 8-10w.
@90WT (Matt), is that cable and offer good for the FT65r as well? That is the least expensive Yaesu that I could find.@Boondocker_153 I have an FT60r. I like it. If you end up going with the Yaesu FT60r, I have a programming cable and computer software. Can dump about 400 preset frequencies on there for you. Law enforcement, fire, county roads, forest service, simplex, MT/ID/WY repeaters...It'll cost ya a beer though. . Offer is good for you other 406 Cruiser guys too, but only for the FT60r.
Roger. I just read the 65R is not an upgrade, but actually a stripped down version of the 60R. I found a few 60R's with HAM Radio online stores for $150. I think I am going to go that route. Like @pigmony said, the weatherproof models suffer from audio quality issues as well. Thanks,amazon says the programming cable for ft60r and ft65r are not the same.