I spent several hours today at the Portland HRO looking at gear for my first mobile purchases. One thing I had on my mind was comparing the iCOM IC-7300 vs the Yaesu FT-991A. Honestly both are excellent transceivers, well made, and have excellent switch craft and performance. The IC-7300 IMO being newer has slightly better technology, but is better suited to a desktop, where the FT-991A is better suited to the field being a more portable size/weight and felt more rugged. So, which one did iI get? Neither. I went with the Kenwood TS-480SAT. The Kenwood is older and doesn't have a fancy display, but it's far better suited to my needs in a mobile solution. I'm likely going to follow @BTPost in mounting under my passenger seat and placing the head unit and mike in easy reach. For a while, though it's going to spend a fair amount of time on my bench until I'm very familiar with it's operation. Still looking over vehicle mounted antenna options, but did get the excellent Chameleon MPAS along with the "Military Extension". I also looked at mobile VHF/UHF APRS solutions and had narrowed it down to the Yaesu FTM-400XDR and the Kenwood TM-D710G. This was a difficult choice until I removed digital communications from the mix. The truth is that the industry hasn't decided if it's going to support D-Star, C4FM, or a couple of others so I'm going to wait and see before I invest. That done, APRS mapping was a high priority and Kenwood has the edge in APRS with it's built in TNC, so Kenwood wins again. Next steps are integrating the Kenwood to APRSDroid on a tablet. Lots to keep me busy for the near future.