The frequencies that you are able to use with the Technician License are all we really use on the trails. The BaoFeng UV-5R, or similar handheld radio, is what most folks run. It's loud enough in an FZJ80 and the batteries last a really long time. You could buy the Nagoya magnetic antenna if you want to boost your range, but I've tried it, and I recommend saving your money. For my FJ40, since the truck is really loud and I had a convenient place to mount it, I went with a BTech Mini 25W and it's got plenty of range.Hated to miss the Annual Meeting today, but it was for a good cause. @Greenbean and I went over to Gastonia and took our Technician Class exam. Proud to say we both passed. Chatting it up on the way back home brought up a good question. What would be the ideal starter mobile rig for the truck? Would a handheld be ok (Say a Baofang UV5R with a better antenna) or would you be better off with a truck mounted mobile rig (Icom 5100 looks like a good one)? Would love to know everyone's opinions. Thanks.