The Cobra 75 combined radio/speaker/mic can get heavy and uncomfortably warm during an extended transmission. Also, if the speaker volume must be increased to be heard from the dash board of a noisy vehicle, it may prove to be too loud when held near your head as the microphone is used.
If the (plastic?) roof should become an option, there are (longer?) GMRS antennas that do not require a metal ground plane. (A roof mount should at least give any antenna the greatest possible unobstructed “view”.)
A little “pitch” for Scenic Map: Pay once, download once (no computer needed), and a regional map (several states worth) with many (but not all) roads and trails is always there for you on your device.
At 207k miles, the Transfer Case on my 1997 NAS Defender 90 (A/T) has started leaking (a lot). Assuming that it will need to be sent out for a well deserved overhaul, are there any mods that I should be looking for that would improve reliability and robustness (I do NOT plan any gear ratio...
Interesting, and understandable, that the downhill traffic (heavy trucks) on the “Resource Roads” in B.C. have the right-of-way, exactly the opposite of the rules on public roads in the U.S. (at least in California).
For general direction orientation ONLY I found (through trial and error) a spot on the center console of my Defender that had the least amount of deviation. I then attached a small compass (actually a re-purposed wrist compass) to this horizontal surface with double sided tape. I got lucky in...
Two thoughts in regard to your post:
1. A GMRS License would cover use of your radios by members of your family (e.g. kids).
2. Cheaper FRS radios are still “interoperable” (on simplex) with GMRS units (again a plus for kid use).