|Yaesu VX8-GR backpack portable|
|aprs.fi map of VX-8gr at Hamvention 2015|
So, if you are looking for a good HT with great APRS battery performance (blows the Kenwood TH-D72A away on battery life) I still highly recommend the VX-8GR. These radios are no longer in production so you'd have to pick it up on Ebay or in a flea market. If you do buy one I don't think you will be disappointed.