Thanks this was super helpful.. I have a kendwood in my truck and i love it... $400 is steep for a mobile unit, but looks pretty good.Some of it is a little old but the site is a good source
As far as rugged you probably know that radios are definitely a “buy once, cry once” item. For radios I know that have stood up to soldiers beating the crap out of them in austere environments, I have always liked Motorola though some units had Kenwoods.
80% of their radios have issues, read reviews on multiple sites including eham. Wasn't the case a few years ago. They also seem to turn around radios often for whatever reason.I'm not sure what the OP means by "Yaesu seems to have fallen by the wayside". Lots of HAMs use Yaesu radios (HT and Mobile) for APRS just fine.
What issues? How did you arrive at 80%, do you have some sort of warranty data? It's been a while since I bought a new radio but that was an FTdx-1200 and it worked fine. Hated to sell it but needed the money.80% of their radios have issues, read reviews on multiple sites including eham. Wasn't the case a few years ago. They also seem to turn around radios often for whatever reason.