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RE: I just use a Mac, and it runs Windows when I need it to.....

The VX-6R is a slightly older radio but nothing wrong with that. The Icom and Yaesu radios are excellent.

A newer Yaesu model would be the FT70DR. I'm not sure if there are GMRS/FRS mods for it. I have the FT2DR with large B&W screen. The newest version is the FT5DR. You can find these via Google search with "HRO" for Ham Radio Outlet.

For example search on: FT70DR HRO

These radios are all programmable with special USB cable and software. I highly recommend RT Systems even though their products are not cheap. You can buy their software + correct USB cable as a package. If you later buy more radios that use the same USB cable, you can buy just the appropriate RT Systems software and use your existing cable.

The programming software + cable is a must IMHO. Otherwise you'll be spending days programming channels with the different features you want for each channel.

Visit RT Systems, click the brand on the left of the screen, click Handheld, Mobile, HF, Receiver for the type of radio.... then find your specific model.

Also visit: hamradio.com dxengineering.com gigaparts.com powerwerx.com

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