I purchased the uv9r and monitored a few stations, I haven't transmitted because i haven't got the license yet But Im excited to get it going.
Im joining our local club and ares organization to provide emergency communication.
Ive heard a lot of poor reviews about the chinese radios. from many people. (mostly those who have a lot more money to burn than I do).
and its been mostly about noisy reception but a lot of that can be corrected with a good matched antenna.
For the most part if this radio with a decent antenna can be sending and receiving over more than our county area then it is a good investment.
Its mostly going to be used for mobile setup with my 40 meter qrp as backup.

I know i can purchase better radios But I would rather build them.