There have been a few threads on radio's so I thought it might be a good idea to see what other people are using. Myself I am using a mix of business and HAM radio's:
These are my portable HAM radio's. The left is a Yaesu FT-50 and the right is its successor the Yaesu FT-60. The FT-50 was my first HAM radio I received from my dad as a gift at the age of twelve. The thing works as great as it did the day I first used it. The FT-60 is also a nice upgrade to the classic. Both of these radio's allow for field programming from the front panel.
These are my business radio's that are primarily used for HAM. Some people may be confused so I will explain, these radio's are meant to be used by business so they are not programmable by the user unless you have the super expensive Motorola software. They are much more durable then HAM radio's and the electronics inside them is of higher quality. I prefer to use these radio's as they are of higher quality on just about every level. The radio on the far left is a Motorola CP 200. It has 2 channels and is the cheapest of the three in this picture. I use this radio to give to people when camping or hunting etc. The radio on the far right is a Motorola JT-1000 and has 16 channels and a front keypad and display. This is one of the FEW Motorola's that can be field programmed from the front panel. This radio was a U.S. Forest Service radio that was decommissioned. I use this for HAM and desert comms. Lastly is the radio in the middle, a Motorola XPR 6550. This is the latest and greatest people. Much like many of the federal and local law enforcement agencies around the country the XPR 6550 is a digital radio. The audio quality is hands down superior to analog in every way. This is still new to the HAM community and for those interested in it should google "MARK DMR". They run a world wide system of linked repeaters that is quite amazing. The XPR will still run analog as well as digital so currently I use it as my every day carry radio.
This is my tactical comm set up. My Yaesu FT-60 connected to a MSA Sordin Supreme Pro headset via a MSA PTT switch. I have mentioned this before in a previous thread but to emphasize my point make sure you do your research before you go buying a bunch of radio parts that may or may not work together. I actually re-wired the PTT and b/c it was not designed to work on my Yaesu there is currently an impedance mismatch and when I transmit it sounds like I am talking in the cabin of an aircraft. Still communications grade audio but not exactly ideal.
The mobile radio: Yaesu FT-7900 with Diamond NR73BNMO