The latest addition to my shack is the Icom IC-2730A dual band 50 Watt radio.
The main reason I purchased this radio was the cross band repeater function.
With this feature enabled I am able to be on a low power HT anywhere in my neighborhood (1 mile radius) transmitting to my base station (70cm frequency) radio and the signal is repeated out on selected (2meter) frequency with my higher power base station and antenna. Works great and should be good addition for neighborhood intel gathering in case of disaster.
The wideband receiver covers 118 – 174 and 375 – 550 MHz allowing me to monitor aviation, marine, weather channels, and other utility communications.
The IC-2730A provides simultaneous receive capability on the VHF and UHF bands with separate main dial, volume, and squelch knobs. The large frequency display and channel names are easy to read on the white backlit removable control head.
The only fault I have with this Icom radio is that no brackets for the radio or control head are included. They are available to purchase as an accessory and at crazy high prices. For example, the IC-MBA4 controller bracket for the remote head is $49.95 retail. I found a mounting bracket to attach the control head to the radio body on Thingiverse and printed on my Creality Ender 3 Pro 3D printer for less than a dollar.
I purchased this radio from Main Trading Company in Paris, TX. I would recommend this source for your ham gear as they are very helpful over the telephone, their prices are good, and I received my radio in the main in just 3 days.