If you want DECENT equipment, why are you buying ham radios then? I mean this as an honest question. And that's not to say the FT-8800R isn't a nice rig, but unless the radio has been modified to transmit out of band, I don't see how it's going to help you(as far as transmitting) in the Public Safety bands. And if it has been modified, then you're likely getting poorer performance in that extended frequency range than what the radio was originally designed for, which in that case I don't understand how it would qualify as DECENT.I'm more focused on my job. If the FCC wants to try to shut down entire counties police and public service departments because people are forced to buy their own DECENT equipment, I'd like the vacation.
So I have Vertex radios that work fine on amatuer and are legal for public saftey use. As a vounteer I like one radio with dual purpose and it keeps the cost down and I only carry one radio. The old dual band vertex 2070 is one of my favorites it covers a huge range of frequencies on the VHF and UHF bands in the same radio. .What would you recommend for the public safety bands? I had looked at some Kenwoods and Ma-Comms as thats what we've used in our ambulances before, but have had a hard time finding them. I like them because they are very simple once programmed, which is exactly what I want. No frills.