With all of the HAM radio projects we want to try, we figured we better get a less expensive radio to mess with.
For $40 we picked up a decent 2 Watt dual-band HT. It is small!
It fits in a tin we found along the road, to keep it from damage in our pockets.
It is pretty easy to work, and not nearly as fun or powerful as the Yaesu HT, but it will do the trick.
And it is a good learning HT for the younger HAM in the family.
While on eBay we also picked up some bluetooth headsets for $3.
This one we tore down to splice into the MIC and Speaker lines, to attach to the HT for remote radio operations.