The Baofeng UV-5R dual band HT
Seeing a lot of hams radio operators that are buying these radios and giving them fair reviews. From what I have seen so far from the different blogs and spots on YouTube the Baofeng UV-5R is a solid made radio with all the basic features you need to communicate on the VHF/UHF amateur radio bands.
Not only does it come with a 1800Mah battery but the price over at Amazon is under 50 bucks right now. You can also avoid all the shipping costs from China if purchased this way.
Be sure to get the USB connector and aftermarket dual band antenna with adapter.
The only real complaints I have seen so far is the programming method which is a bit complicated. If you do buy this radio you will want to make (or purchase) the USB cable as well so you can program the radio with your computer, making it a lot easier.
The other issue is the antenna. From what I have read it is a poor antenna at best. You will want to purchase an aftermarket antenna for this radio. Be sure that it is a dual band antenna. Also the antenna connector is the opposite of most found on HT radios, so you will need an adapter.
One thing that really troubled me is the fact that other dual band radio's made by the big three (Icom/Kenwood/Yaesu) will run you several hundred dollars new whereas the Baofeng UV-5R is under 50 dollars ?
You can read more reviews over at Amazon. Be sure to get yours today.