Can I ask why you chose the VX-6R and not one of those Baofeng radios from China? Your Yaesu is over $200 while the Baofengs are under $50.The cheating answer here - in the sense that it doesn't answer the real question but is the truth - is that I hadn't heard of Baofeng when I got the Yaesu, and I don't think Baofeng radios were imported into the US at that time. Again, that's not the answer Anon wants.
What I said yesterday was that for trying to hear the AM,FM or Shortwave broadcast bands, the $18 Kaito outperformed the Yaesu VX-6R, so if I'm understanding you correctly, you're thinking why not get a Baofeng for transmitting on VHF/UHF and the Kaito for general coverage? In short, I think that's a fine approach! I don't have any personal hands-on experience with the Baofeng or other Chinese radios, although friends tell me they're entirely serviceable. Given that, something like this would serve your 2meter/440 FM needs for $34. Add the Kaito and you have much of the capability of the VX-6R, but not all of it, for well under half the price. The Yaesu tunes through other services you might want to listen to, like land mobile (police and fire), weather radio, Family Radio (FRS) and other scanner fare. Plus, it transmits on the 225 MHz band, which that particular Baofeng doesn't. Finally, the VX-6R is submersible; waterproof to 3 feet of water for 30 minutes (Japanese Industry Standard JIS7), although there are things the user needs to comply with to keep it from being damaged.
I've heard that the Baofeng and other Chinese radios can be difficult to use, but I don't think they have anything on the Yaesu. As Dr. Jim says, if I'm not using it regularly, I can forget how to do most things with it. That's the problem with these little radios. A big radio has room for a control panel with lots of buttons. With these micro radios, to get some function you want, you'll need to press button A for two seconds, then press Button C for one second and it only works if you stand on your left foot with your tongue hanging out... that sort of thing. I can switch VFO to memory and back, or key in a frequency in VFO mode, but that's about it.
The first really broadband receiver I bought was a now obsolete Icom radio called an R10. This tuned 0.5 to 1300 MHz, and the version I have has no frequencies blocked. On any frequency, you could punch up any mode to listen to, broadcast FM, narrow FM, AM, even Single Sideband. The Yaesu VX-6R and most of the newer radios will decide what mode you want based on the frequency you enter. That made my R10 usable as a "poor man's spectrum analyzer", and I brought it to work for years. Sometimes we'd hear something unexpected and it was a sanity check: if I heard it in the R10 and the radio I was working on, it was real. If not, it was a problem in the radio I was working on.
Like the Yaesu, if you put a signal generator on the antenna connector and measure its sensitivity, it's quite good. If you hooked it to the meager little, rubber ducky antenna that comes with the radio, that's a disappointment. A worthwhile experiment would be to try to put different length wires on the broadband radios and see what makes a good antenna. A lot of shortwave listeners have just put up a random length of wire; 30 feet, 50 feet, whatever, and use it for listening to the entire 3 to 30 MHz spectrum.