What’s your goal CJ? What is the target you have in mind? When I got my license, I bought a couple dual band HT’s. With local repeaters I could check in on the nets and reach people I knew. Unfortunately, I wanted to be able to contact friends using simplex rather than using the megaphone of a repeater, but the HT’s just couldn’t make the 30 or more mile leap. I ended up spending $170 on a 80 watt Yaesu FT-2980R (mobile/base) single band (2m) radio and a Dr. Fong 146.500 MHz tuned J-Pole antenna for my roof. Not only can I reach repeaters over 70 miles away, but I talk with my friends simplex like they’re in the room with me. I use the HT’s in the field every once in a while, but the 2980 keeps me connected across three states… way more bag for my money. The point being, sales are good and all, but spend your money for what’s going to provide you with whatever solution you require most. Be sure an HT is your solution.