This radio doubles as a hammer in a pinch. The GP300 was probably Motorola's most popular handheld radio. It felt solid, sounded great and survived everything. I have heard stories of these being repeatedly dropped off of chairlifts onto hard packed snow and surviving. The got it right with this one, and nothing since has matched the simplicity and durability. They were pricy, but outlasted 2 or 3 cheaper units easily. If you are a ham, they are 2m or 440 capable with the aid of programming software only availible from Motorola. Since many hams (like me) have worked in the radio biz you should be able to find plenty of hams to help with programming. Availible in 2, 8 or 16 channels these units are common on Ebay and batteries are availible from many vendors.Weak points are the top mounted speaker mic jack (not easy to fix), battery contacts that can break if you change batteries often and cold solder connections to the volume switch (easy fix) There was a refurb kit availible (case, knobs and stickers) for the "new radio" look. If you do not need to reprogram channels on the fly, the gp300 is a good choice for solid radio performance.