Well so far they aren't saying anything about my Jeep so I am happy with that. Back on topic. Since I am working for the next couple of weeks in Las Vegas I went to Gigaparts and bought an HT unit. I got a Kenwood TH-D74A tri-band. It was a lot of money up front, but at least I am not spending a lot on upgrading from one HT unit to another better one. I subscribe to the buy once, cry once theory on most things. I will probably still buy a Baofeng and keep it in with my emergency gear in the Jeep along with some fresh batteries as a back up should something happen to the Kenwood. Being a newb to the Ham-verse, this is a somewhat intimidating unit for a first HT, but I am sloooooooowly learning how to maneuver through the menu and what each button does. I have not been able to mess with the D-Star or APRS stuff yet since it wants you to program your call-sign first. Until I get one, I can't get any farther into it. Basically, I have turned it on and tuned it to a local repeater and am just kinda listening in on some of the convos trying to get the hang of the lingo and such. In addition to the Kenwood HT, I also bought a Diamond 14" 2/1.25/70 rubber duck antenna for it to replace the crummy one that came with it, and I got a coax cable and Diamond 2/1.25/70 37" antenna to mount on my Jeep along with a 6' SMA to PL259 adapter cable. Going to be taking my Ham test next Monday if I can sneak away from work for a couple of hours. Shouldn't have any problems with the Technicians test since I can get 100% on all the online practice exams. Not sure if I can pass the General though, but I will give it a shot.