Yes it is a nice radio and defender price
looks very good compared to Aussie prices. As to other radios, there are plenty out there in the market place and at least 50% of them are also pretty good. I like the idea of the second mic control, the 5 watt audio output in the speaker, the 25 watt loud hailer/foghorn output and is fairly waterproof. A second radio while giving some redundancy will require a second antenna
. I normally won't recommend a single
system. IMO, a better way to achieve some redunancy is to have a handheld radio as well - while not as powerful, it is more useful in general.