Online reviews do not rate it at the top of the category, but QYT KT8900 VHF/UHF mobile transceiver has worthy features for less than 100 USD. And it is small, very small.
I have ordered one, that will come once it completes its long journey from CN/SG/HK. I am looking for two info that current reviews do not cover:
- spectral purity of the transmitter
- microphone sensitivity
My own tests will tell me how it performs. The challenge will be to build a probe that turns 25W RF into something acceptable by the spectrum analyzer...