Good front end. Either single band or dual band. CTCSS&DCS DTMF VFO front panel programable. 200 or more channels. If many channels, banks a big plus. FM, digital mode would be neat too but not a deal breaker. Narrow band capable. Must have VOX. Dual watch or recieve would be nice. Capable of 20-30 watts with a low power option of 10 watts or less(preferably 5). Remote head or a compact is a big plus. Recieve of commercial and public service VHF high would be nice as long as the front end isn't over loaded easily. No BCL enabled by default(darn TYT-9800).