Originally Posted by leastonce
Get a dual band 2m / 70cm rig. That will open things up a bit more and with a MARS mod you'll be able to 'listen' to FRS buddies.
5w and a decent antenna is reasonable for repeater work. I have a diamond NR770HB from theantennafarm.com and it's great quality for the money.
I have a hand held that I have the audio running to the aux in on my stereo as the truck is a bit noisy for the built in speaker.
I have a baofung 5vr for $30 and a $350 yaseu and the baofung audio is better!
Jason, you do not need a MARS mod to go FRS, the Baofeng can handle it out of the box, and many YAESU none USA spec, can as well without a mod
the GMRS license is not exam driven but cost 60.00 for 5 years