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I have been using 2x VX-231 Vhf for work for 2 years-ish. They came with a puny 1050maH Li-ion batteries, but last all day long, even out in -20C weather. For a simple no frills 16 channel radio they are great. I also have a VX-170, ft-277, and a FT-8800. All great radios in there own right. I also have 2x tk-760hg, one of which I use almost daily for work, tk-380, Tk-280, mts-2000 48ch R-split, and a ht-1000 R-split on its way. I have a soft spot for kenwood due to channel capacity. And am really considering replacing the ft-8800 with a tm-v71a, it does things that my 8800 will not do or do it in ways I like better. Although the limited zones, and fixed zone size make this a tough choice.
Interoperatablity is not a technology it is an attitude!!!