My first radio is a Baofeng F8HP. It transmits at 8 watts.
I am using this with a j pole antenna hanging in one of my windows. I am wanting to move this to the attic but will need to do a coax run from the attic to the first floor and with the temperatures being so high right now that will need to wait until a cooler day.
I also have a magmount 2m antenna on my truck which provides me better reception and transmission than I currently get in my house.
I am also building a micro node to be used for Allstar and Echolink and am exploring if the F8HP can be altered or if I want to get a used UV5R on the cheap and use it for the node radio.