The bulk of every single “ham” radio user application is VHF/UHF. It’s used in industry, forestry, etc…. Everywhere… It IS the meat and potatoes of ham radio. And ALL of those users, everywhere, using VHF/UHF, are using REPEATERS. Baofeng are JUST radios. They’re the same as Motorola, Icom, etc. And the key takeaway is that they are AFFORDABLE without sacrificing quality. All Radios are the TI-89 calculators of the communications world…. They’re kind of overpriced 1980’s garbage. In Baofeng’s case, they’re building a radio without the 10,000% profit margin of their American competition. Imagine if Sony came along and built a copy-cat TI-89 calculator and sold it to university students for 39.99$ instead of Texas Instruments at 149.99$. They ALL have the same range. They all use the same systems. Don’t write about how Baofeng don’t have the range of other radios… They’re identical. Use a repeater like every other 400$ radio on the market does. Wanna talk about HF radio? Baofeng are not even in the market. But if they were, you can bet your butt they’re going to be at the same industry leading bargain as their VHF options.