Rinse and repeat, for 44 years (starting with a Midland 13-500 in 1978).
The VHF station at a local FD site this past weekend consisted of a 2m/70cm radio that just might be a keeper, so I ordered one - a BTECH Mini UV-25X2, and it arrived today.
Here are the marks it hits:
- 25 watts
- Small. Tiny, in fact. Will fit anywhere, even in glove box of car when not in use.
- Cheap. If it stops working after 2 years, it won't result in financial ruin. Reminds me of a one-liner from Mitch Hedburg (RIP): "I bought a $25 pen because I got tired of losing pens and not caring". This radio represents the opposite of that philosophy.
- It's a weather radio when I want to hear about the approaching hurricane as I dive home from a POTA.
- Maybe it will work as a cheap downlink receiver to work FM sats in conjunction with the IC-705 on uplink.
I ordered the recommended programming cable with it and had no problem loading some of the 2m and 70cm repeaters into the radio.
Received audio sounds good; reports of transmitted audio are equally positive.