GME and Uniden are ok.
But over the yrs. in sailing clubs.Fishing clubs. Outriggers and off road/caravanning.
You always notice that. with decent arials.
The Icom. and STD Horizon give best.clearest.and mainly longest ledgable signals over water and land.
I have a STD Horizon fixed in main boat with a coupla Icom Hand helds for tinny and going on other peoples boats.
With The Icom also, the H/Held are 5w with correct battery. and only 1 w with the replacable battery packs.
On my yachts I always used Stainless 1 mtr whips on top of mast. Signal went forever with the heaviest Co-ax.
plus the Icom and S/H always gave best clarity (from either end) at extreme ranges.
In the car.a UHF (With stubby 3db for city work and 6/9db for long range) is probably the best,
with preferably a Mobile Sat Phone/Combination mobile and Sat signal reception.
You can buy second hand or rent for individual trips.
HF is a science. Something like being married of having horses,
they end up with it in the bedroom with them or a "radio room" showing their face once a month or so for a feed.
I have a Kenwood Reciever? with a 30ft wire ant at home.and Backstay on yacht.
Had an Operators licence 50/40 yrs ago but long expired.
Just connect mike for emergency's.
They all work but cheaper ones spend more time in wksp and frustrate you trying to decipher words at long ranges.