I just got this and it is perfect and small and luckily inexpensive. I do not know what kind of touring everybody does here, but the range of this model is roughly 40 meter, but more like 20. Normally with good pracitce and knowledge, this model is plenty adequete for bc use. Obviously three antenna models are better and have a wider range, but most people who are savy can use both. For people who claim that they wouldn't let them tour with them, I probably wouldn't tour with you either. We tested several of these models in avi training for search and rescue, this model performed fine. Talking maybe a difference of second for finding someone. Multi burial is harder, but quite possible it was your time to go anyway!