There are so many issues with that foam padded case "repeater" I dont know just where to start.......
It will NOT work well as an "in band" repeater at all. It could function as a "cross band" (VHF/UHF) repeater just fine, BUT using those little hand held radios inside a foam case will destroy the transmit radio in short order when talking over it for any length of time.
A MUCH better cross band repeater is to just get a Yaesu FT8800 and use it as a cross band repeater:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LmnswwrfZM
Not only does it have a decent cooling fan to keep from self destructing, It could run much higher power levels than a little hand held could ever hope to. No external "controller" needed.
The Yeasu FT60 hand held radios shown in the video ARE nice little radios at a fair price. But you can get hand helds lots cheaper. The little Baofeng at 43 bucks is a great little rig:http://www.ebay.com/itm/BAOFENG-UV-3R-Mark-II-136-174-400-470Mhz-Dual-Band-Frequency-Display-VOX-Radio-/330745152257?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Transceivers&hash=item4d01f28301
A big advantage to the little Baofeng is that it uses the very low cost (Less than 5 bucks each including shipping) Very common camera battery, Same one used in the Yaesu VX 3 hand held, Also a great little rig.
If you feel you "need" the full 5 watts in a hand held (In most cases you do NOT) The Wouxun at 110 bucks is a good buy:http://www.ebay.com/itm/WOUXUN-KG-UVD1P-136-174-400-480MHz-Free-Band-Radio-Earpiece-dual-band-portable-/180474334066?pt=US_Ham_Radio_Transceivers&hash=item2a051bcb72
Congratulations on the recent upgrade to General! DO check out the Kenwood TS 2000 for a "do it all" radio.
The TS 2000 will also cross band repeat! Something no other radio in this price range can do. Not only VHF to UHF, But HF to UHF etc in any combination wanted! The TS 2000 sells good used in the 900 to 1100 dollar range, And brand new for less than 1500 bucks.
While there are other HF rigs that can provide slightly better "performance" in the same price range, They cannot do all that the TS2000 can. AND you can have lots of fun with a TS2000 making all kinds of HF contacts. It takes a pretty experienced operator to even utilize the higher performance of other rigs.