For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge. This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability. Documentation? Unless you can read broken English written by a Chinese national who has never studied the language, you are out of luck.
Like many prepper’s, I understand the importance of communication following a disruptive event. To that end, I took the easy road and purchased a couple of portable Baofeng radios so that I could communicate with the rest of the world when the grid is down.