Hate admitting this, but despite a lack of quality, (definitely don't even remotely get it wet) it's the single most popular radio of its kind in America. For emergency communications, it would definitely come in handy. Think of it this way, soldiers during WW2 watched training films in which they were taught how to use captured German and Japanese weapons.... Just in case their issued rifles ran out of ammo but they could pick up weapons off of dead enemy soldiers. Those films definitely not available to the public back then. But nowadays can be found on YouTube.As a patriotic US citizen, I can't advocate sending money to the CCP/PRC/PLA, our nation's enemy that is at war with us. My best friend, an Extra Class ham, and a wounded Vietnam War combat vet, who should know better, buys a lot of PRC-made radios. He gave me a Baofeng UV5R. I accepted it as a courtesy to him. It's a part 90 type that he programmed with ham and public safety freqs. I don't use it.
Same concept. Only in this case, enemy equipment instead of enemy weapons. Especially with a radio that popular.