I have the FT-311RM, did add the PL tone board, all 220 repeaters here use tones. Yes, It's been a great radio. The reversible screen angle is pretty cool. I have an Icom IC-37A, I would advise against one with the known issues with the. Pots and screen. As a fan of 220, another "old" radio to watch for is the Kenwood 621-A 144/220, IMO. Or just get the Alinco 235, the best sounding rig on the local 220MHz net uses one.