It seems that many people want to get radios for "just in case" but have no interest in using them before any emergency event. It's been said on here many times that idea doesn't work. Had an interesting thing take place the other day, our ARES group was working a relay event and at my location, not very far from the repeater, I was using my Kenwood th d74 and had my Baofeng uv5r+ and my mobile as backup. Unfortunately the Kenwood only lasts for about 6 hours so my plan was to use it then go to the Baofeng for backup when charging the Kenwood. Upon switching radios I discovered that for some reason my Baofeng wouldn't come across the repeater audibly, it would open the repeater and I have talked at farther distances on it, but it didn't work there. If I hadn't had two other radios I would have been in trouble, that is one of the reasons you have to use your radios if you ever plan on using them in an emergency.