Has anyone used the MFJ 94XX series of radios? It strikes me that a 9440 might just be exactly what a prepper needs - Simple, inexpensive, small, light, battery-efficient, and reliable enough for medium range comms with a NVIS antenna.
It irks me to have to spend $1k to get a radio with a bunch of features I don't want or need. I don't care about being able to operate on a ton of bands with a ton of power, and I'm not gonna be playing with digital modes. Just get me on the air on a couple select frequencies in a light package that's easy on a battery.