Over at the Yaesu 891 thread, K7LJL posted:
Yeah, that's a deal breaker. Looks like it's gonna be the KX2 after all.
Food for thought... https://youtu.be/IJhx9i3E0Ws
Excellent video, K7, thanks for pointing that out. At 26 minutes, it might cause a TLDW reaction in some, so here's the short version:
"Survival comms" is not at all the same as "emergency comms." EC assumes a support structure, general order, etc. SC assumes you may be running for your life.
1 - power doesn't matter. 20-30 watts is plenty
2 - end-fed half-wave antennas are best; dipoles are a pain to hang
3 - CW rocks: efficient, multi-use (laser pointers, tapping a shoulder, etc.)
4 - current draw is THE most important specification
5 - C.B. is pretty good for local comms, but no good for reliable long-range
6 - best bands for local comms: 6m, 2m, 70cm, in that order
7 - handhelds & stubby antennas are good when you WANT limited range
8 - Practice! 25 to 50 miles is the hardest range to cover.
9 - Best HF band for prepping: 40m, it can do everything, including NVIS
10 - Weight. Don't use non-rechargeable batts or a radio you can't cary.
All have their good points, without being hard-and-fast rules. For example, I have reservations about that 6m thing – not many 6m HT's are out there in the wild. But it's still an awesome band, and 2m & 70cm are good stuff too.