HAMradio, even if they will be like «YoU nEeD a LoiCeNsE» but there's many people like me who DGAF, just use it for the PMR446 frequencies to communicate locally, and DXing ( reception, scanning of all things like aircraft conversations, ham radios, long distance comms, finding weird signals, autisms and geek shit, etc ) but most importantly it's a prepper logic, as an IT I know how fragile the current networks are, and having alternate means of communications that don't rely on a single infrastructure is neat. ( like government control, attacks, sabotage or whatever)
of course I also carry one in my car since I live in the countryside and many times I find out I have zero network coverage, so the first thing I generally do with any radio is to save these frequencies that could be useful. No need for a license if it's an emergency, normally these channels remains monitored.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_distress_frequency#Other_frequencies>>3230>>3231
IMHO, I don't think Baofengs aren't the "best" available, it's why I opted for that UV-K5, which once flashed has a lot more of functions that baofengs don't have, and the custom firmwares really make it an intresting thing.https://fr.aliexpress.com/item/1005005805128832.html
there's a video about the existing mods on it, and the spectrum analyzer is a neat touch, and can decode most analog stuff depending if it's AM,FM or SSB signals.
Also the idea of having a serial cable could also make it useful for like, data transmission with some X25 protocol over a virtual UART. I'm thinking of experimenting this further. along with a few other hardware mods, like a better speaker.https://github.com/egzumer/uv-k5-firmware-custom/releases
Also the firmware mods available on this radio can lower the transmission power on FRS/PMR446 with 0,5w and MURS normally is up to 2w in transmission, which is rather kino, and at worse even in mobile i doubt the FCC will send in the helicopters on your approximate location.https://firstsourcewireless.com/en-fr/blogs/blog/radios-without-fcc-license
not really interested by ham radios since the only topics allowed are technical, it's just a thing to have for a SHTF event. not a big fan of the idea of charging via USB, perhaps the next science i'll do to this thing will be to add a serial-to-USB chip and program it/use it as a modem directly with my phone or PC and ditch the baofeng programming cable.
Otherwise the Retevis/Anysecu/TYT ( all the same brand really ) are well made, more pro.