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Nov 19, 2016
Personally, I would spend a bit more money and get better quality, with the features that will actually benefit you in those conditions:
- louder and clearer speakers (such as the Baofeng UV-82 series)
- better weather resistance (such as the Baofeng GT-3W as linked above, or the Retevis RT6 version of the same radio) or
- better overall quality and weather resistance such as the Wouxun UV899, UV1DP or UV6DP.

RT6 IP67 Waterproof and Dustproof

Wouxun KG-UV899 Two Way Radio (136-174/420-520 MHz)
Wouxun KG-UV6D V2 Two Way Radio (136-174/420-520)

I have experience with many of these and the feel that the Wouxuns may be twice the price, but are also three times the quality. Plus, you don't need to buy upgraded antennas.

If you are looking for a simple, cheap and robust radio that users cannot play around with the frequencies, try the Retevis RT21. I have several and, although not weather resistant, are well-built and have great audio. They can only be programmed by computer but have the traditional 16-channel knob on top.
RT21 2.5W UHF Scrambler Squelch Radio

Regardless, save yourself a LOT of hassle and skip the programming cables with the counterfeit chips and spend a bit more for a genuine plug-and-play FTDI chip.


Mar 15, 2017
Northeast Ohio
So i ended up buying the Baofeng UV-5RTP, it's just a UV5R that can transmit at 8, 5 and 1 watts. I also got the Nagoya 771. It seems to work as well as I expected, and I got a really good deal on it. It came with the radio, standard battery, earpiece and charger (typically $35+), an extended battery ($12), a speaker/mic ($7), and a programming cable ($10-20) all for $30. The programming cable worked right out of the box with Chirp, so it seems legit.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this thread for all of your help!

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