As holidays approaching I need to tell my family what gift do I want. So I was thinking about getting handheld transceiver. I recently moved to SF Bay area where airspace is extremely crowded and in case the radio dies it will be difficult and not safe to fly . I'm planning to use this transceiver as a backup device, to get weather before flight and listen to the ATC while near the airport. I searched the web but didn't really see any good review or comparation of the handheld radios. I don't think I need VOR capability on handheld so I selected those two as a candidates: ICOM IC-A6 $230 Vertex VXA-220 Pro VI $169 Don't see significant difference between those two from the descriptions except $60. Any suggestions and feedback will be greatly appreciated.