I think the best price going now is on a Icom
IC-T2h apx.$140 or the Yaesu VX-150n apx $150.
You will have to spend a little more than you plan
on though. Try to get 5 Watts, you'll need it to get
the best use overall, i.e. repeaters, mobile use, phone patch.
There are some even below what you want to spend
but are somewhat USELESS as they only put out
You may be tempted ,because of price, to by used
BUT one word of caution, if you have problems
and have to send it in for repairs you're looking at
spending $50 - $70 just to have them open it up to
see whats wrong !! Now you are out of pocket what a new
one would of cost to begin with.
Here are a few of site to check prices:http://www.aesham.com/http://www.texastowers.com/http://www.burghardt-amateur.com/ http://www.burghardt-amateur.com/
has free shipping on some stuff.