My XYL has commented that she'd like to have a "purse size" 2M HT to keep with her so she can get on the WX net from work, and as I'm primarily an HF type I thought I'd throw it out to the group here for suggestions. Here's what I'd ideally like to find:
Power output of perhaps 1-2 watts (as opposed to the 300 or so milliwatt output of the DJ-S11 and Q7 for example)
External antenna connection
Easy to operate
Probably an alkaline cell battery pack would be better than a rechargeable due to infrequent use
It doesn't need to be a dual/multi bander, just 2M only.
I tend to lean toward "Ickesu" (i.e. big 3, preference in that order) brand-wise. I'd be willing to consider a commercial equivalent if reasonably priced (as in Yaesu/Vertex) as a "channelized" rig programmed with a few selected local repeaters would easily do what she wants.
We have an Icom V8 which we bought for her several years ago but she'd like to have something smaller if we can find it.
Is there anything like I'm describing out there, or at least close? I'm willing to consider either new or good used as long as it's reliable and parts are still easily available if needed.