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B03 modified it is an apocalypse swiss army knife!

Yaesu VX-7R, Handheld VHF/UHF Transceiver

It retired my FT-60E as an every day carry. It came in used and fairly bad modded condition. Doing the soldering bridges and factory resetting it, made the automatic repeater shift work again.

I have bought it to have a 6m capable radio till I find a good VX-8 and now I wouldn't trade it for a VX-8 tri bander equipped with GPS, because it could(!!!) do:

-6m german army band
-4m german EMS/FD/Police bands (obsolete)
-3m broadcasting bands
-2m german EMS/FD/Police bands (deprecated)
-2m aviation bands (AM TX!)
-2m maritime bands
-2m amateur radio bands
-2m freenet band (like pmr)
-70cm amateur radio bands
-70cm PMR bands
-70cm LPD bands (like pmr)

which makes it pretty apocalypse worthy. There's no chance being not heard when in distress. Just change or build antennas to send on 3 or 4m and you're all set. I would even bet on it that I was heard within minutes even when cast away on some island by the very next aircraft passing.

All mentioned bands except amateur radio bands were mentioned as "would work". Unless in distress it's unlawful operating the rig on these bands and that's why I don't do it.

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Performance
Build quality
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Value for money
Aquired
Okay condition in 2018
EUR 200.00

When you need to carry a rig with you which can do mostly everything

Yaesu FT-817, Mobile HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver

This rig fits in most backpacks or messenger bags, can do 160m to 70cm with up to 5(10) watts of RF power, runs fairly long on quality AA batteries and there's many accessories for it including print files for having them printed. It's MARS/CAP modified.

It definetly is a keeper and can do things where my B3 modified VX-7R simply has to give up (no SSB for example). The very first weekend I got it, I've tried it out on the 80m band attached to some rough matched g5rv and got 100 kilometers per watt during a contest. (250km @2.5W) running on AA batteries.

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Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Okay condition in 2018
EUR 300.00

Does work on 2m, too!

Baofeng BF-T1, Compact PMR446 Transceiver

They came in quite cheap from some chinese website. I did some research in advance and there was an OM successfully using his BF T1 with a 2m repeater. They might kick some butt when having a rig in your car which does cross-repeat and you're working outside the car where the BF T1's antenna simply wouldn't cut it ;-)

I successfully tried it on 2m working dm0max. This repeater has offset RX stations listening on 2m. One of them is like 2,5 kilometers away from my QTH. That's why 1W RF power is more than enough.

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2018
EUR 9.00