First, this group has been a wealth of information in helping me make the decision to upgrade from CB to a real means of reliable communications. Now that I have made that decision I need the groups help picking a radio. I am leaning towards the Yaesu FT-7800 for its reviews here and elsewhere. Is this a decent radio? From what I have read it appears that the Yaesu radios are a bit more user friendly as far a programing than the Icoms. I was also looking at the Icom V8000. I am a complete novice and want a radio that will serve me well into the future and won't require an MIT Grad to program... I am open to all suggestions.