That is the problem. It's a ton of work, and if you take on the burden of learning it all your self, you still end up with an hour of wasted time as dudes look at the $30 radio they have had for 1-2 years and never turned on asking you how to do everything with it. My suggestion, buy 2 of these, learn how to use them (more so where in the freqs not to play), program them so it is literally turn it on, lock the key pad, and hand it off to whomever you larp with. These are a good way to get on the air with your local 2m repeater, an extra ~$30 in a stand alone antnenna and it should be real easy. Then you can decide if you want to invest more money or not.