If you want to have the right commo gear for the job, you need to define what your job is, and what it entails. In most, if not all, cases, a 5-watt VHF/UHF handheld made in China will not cut it. Especially if you presume to be serious about such matters.
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In a similar vein, a working agricultural operation may want easy to use radios for day to day operations on the farm/homestead.
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