I’m sure you have already heard about a new local 6 meter repeater due to go live shortly here in the Sedalia area. It may not be of much interest to you now because many of us don’t have 6M capability.
But, did you know that you may already have the ability to at least listen to the new repeater once it goes on the air? Many hand held, base, and mobile radios today enjoy expanded receivers. You will be able to monitor, but not transmit.
So, put the new 6M repeater in a memory channel in your radio and include it when you scan. For that matter, local repeaters in the 220 Mhz band could be included, too. The little, pocket-friendly, iCom Q7 here enjoys a wide band receiver capable of picking up a wide range of other frequencies like commercial FM broadcast radio, public service, and even AM aircraft. It will only transmit in the 2M/70cm bands. It is a very old radio. Newer ones have lots more capabilities.
Take another look at the radios you carry or in your shack. They may have some features you overlooked or were not aware of.