That 980 is starting to sound like a real good idea.
That’s THE go-to recommendation. Build a system around it. (Get stupid buying more radios later). Base or mobile.
$180 retail. $120-$140 on a search.
With an RM-Italy KL203 + West Mountain Radio ClearSpeech DSP speaker it’ll outperform any $500 mythical “Big Radio”
Stable, and satisfying.
Directly to the title of this thread, I like to recommend the Farpoint Farms vid on the 980 as a sales tool
Remember those under-counter clock radios for the kitchen? Seems a natural location in a house. A power supply up behind it. 15A-20A will cover radio, amp & speaker.
The Uniden BC906 Wireless Microphone/Speaker seems an obvious adjunct.
I’ll note that several prominent online “CB Shops” (with retail storefronts) offer the more popular vertical antennas. Have done so for years. That speaks to immediate satisfaction.
Family cars, next.