My name is Marc David Johnson and I have been an amateur radio operator since 1988.
I have used a number of HF and VHF/UHF radios over the years in this hobby, but the one I have that is my favorite is one of the best combos I've ever found.
Under $100 for a VHF/UHF radio with scanning fuctionality, ease of programming (with the computer cable) and great range and battery life.
If you are looking for a combination that lets you talk for hours and scan frequencies all day, this is it.
Best Under $100 Radio / Scanner Combination: