We're just trying to help you and we can only do that if you give us enough information to work with.
Intermod? Urban Atlanta is loaded with RF.
With all due respect, I have to ask... Have you ever actually operated a VHF radio in Atlanta? Have you ever personally experienced RF overload or are you just parroting a term you have heard used on internet forums and assume that because you live in an urban area that you will be effected by it?
The radio will only be used for emergency communication nets.
Since you are (apparently) not interested in actually using the radio for anything but EMCOMM, excuse me, "Public Service", why waste your money on an expensive radio? My advice (which is worth exactly what it cost you - $0.00) is to buy one of the cheap Chinese import radios off of Amazon for $25 and see it it works. If it works, great! If it doesn't you are only out $25 and not several hundred for a "name brand" radio.
This aspect of ham radio is all new to me so I don't have much context for questions.
I was on 2/220/440 FM in Atlanta in the mid 80's with an Icom 2AT, a Henry S?, and a Icom 4AT.
Yes. Intermod was a problem.
Yes, I can try them out. I am hoping to avoid that.Hence, the questions.
The UV5 is about $45. The FT60 is about $150. Maybe neither will work. Now I've spent
$200. I have zero experience with the newer radios and the current urban operating environments.
Correct. No interest in other 2m/440 FM activities.
73, -Bob ah7i/w4