First let me say I realize these little radios are not Icom, Kenwood or Yaesu quality. But for Overlanders on a budget that cant afford investing $200+ for a rig /antenna. The one thing that I found that there are no locks when loading frequencies in the radio. That means that I can load Ham, Marine and gmrs frequencies which you cannot do with the USA designed radios with FCC restrictions programmed in. You can even load Police, Fire RX and TX which are illegal to transmit on which I do not recommend to do. They are not exactly user friendly when loading channels in and I recommend YouTube videos to do this because the manuals miss a few but important steps. There is also a program you can pull off the net called Chirp that makes it much easier but you will need to buy a programming cable. Some of the models are 8W compaired to a CB of 4W. My main base radios are Kenwood 2M and an Icom Marine VHF. We have the Baofengs in our daypacks simplifying communication between the base camp, hiking, boat and kayaks, not having to carry multiple radios. The way I look at it a $50 Baofeng is better than nothing in case of a emegency on the trail hiking. When we leave a note of our hiking plans I always include the frequency if we go MIA.