HAM plans are slowly evolving: I have a tech license, and I've signed up with ARES in Baton Rouge. Most of that goes via 2m, but there is (supposedly...) a linked repeater system on 70cm that will be open in case of an emergency. Besides a Baofeng UV-5r, which probably doesn't provide enough power in case of emergency communications, I have a Yaesu FT1900r in the Cruiser - that radio is 2m only. So I think the Yaesu will move into my trail truck in AZ, and the Cruiser in BTR ought to get a dual-band radio. In looking around, the ALINCO DR-638T has caught my eye. I would stick with Yaesu, but I didn't see their dual band offerings having cross-band repeat capability, and I don't need the quad band and don't have the license for that, anyways. I'd appreciate input on the ALINCO unit, or other suggestions. I have a dual-band chinese radio in my Amazon cart, but my last experience in going the chinese radio route ended with a same-day return, and I'm not sure I want to waste my time on this again. Thanks for the input.