Best ham radio for camping?

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I want to go on hiking for 5 to 7 days and will be well out of range of cell phone towers. So to cut right to it, what is the best ham radio that I could have run for short durations, an hour max at a time with a small battery that could be charged via solar power.
 
We use the Baeofang 8W for handhelds the Rugged Radio versions in our SxS's which seem to work well. I also plan on getting the Garmin InReach which can text, but you will have a monthly fee.
 
If you don't mind spending a little extra money on an HT, I personally a Yaesu FT-60R. Those things are practically bulletproof. You can swap out the rechargeable battery pack for AAs if you want. I have a Baofeng myself as well, but I trust the Yaesu many times more than I do the Baofeng for any sort of outdoor use.

If you are looking for a mobile unit, you can't go wrong with either a Yaesu or Icom. I have the latter, and it's fantastic.
 
I want to go on hiking for 5 to 7 days and will be well out of range of cell phone towers. So to cut right to it, what is the best ham radio that I could have run for short durations, an hour max at a time with a small battery that could be charged via solar power.
My guess from reading is that you do not have a license. ( I may be making an invalid assumption.) This you should have to operate and be legal.
In order to get any range on an HT you will need to get into a repeater. There may or may not be repeaters in the area you want to be hiking. If wanting short range get one of the walkie talkies that does not use the ham bands.

Best to get a license which is not that difficult. http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed
There are a lot of possibilities for communication then.
 
Look into General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). There is licensing through the FCC, however no testing. License can be applied to your "Family". It offers grater range then a CB, more like HAM, however none of the testing to be licensed.
 
My guess from reading is that you do not have a license. ( I may be making an invalid assumption.) This you should have to operate and be legal.
In order to get any range on an HT you will need to get into a repeater. There may or may not be repeaters in the area you want to be hiking. If wanting short range get one of the walkie talkies that does not use the ham bands.

Best to get a license which is not that difficult. http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed
There are a lot of possibilities for communication then.
Good point. I know you can study for free by searching online but I subscribed to https://hamradioprep.com/ and it helped me. Also since COVID I think you can now take it from home I believe, although proctored.
 
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