Baofeng Dual Band hand held radio $19 each in a 5-pack

Craig - K1BDX - Node 8724

These little radios make great monitor receivers for your local IRLP node.

You can easily get a COS signal off the board if you want to use it
for a low power IRLP node and its great for talking to low power nodes
such as the nano node

I can't even buy a replacement battery for $19 for the other brands.