Somehow, over the past year my HAM radios all ended up in Arizona - the Yaesu 1900 is now mounted in my K5 (that's my trail truck) and the Kenwood 71A is in the '93 80 that's now in AZ as well. I've got a Baofeng HT here in Baton Rouge, but for ARES stuff, that's not really cutting it. I decided to try the ChiComm route just to see... China-made Talkcoop KT-8900, max 25W on VHF, 20W on UHF. ~$70 from Amazon, + Nagoya UT-72 magmount ($28). The "English" in the manual is a hoot... manual states that you ought to cut power to the unit if smoke comes out (seriously?? why not let it burn?)... There's a USB programming cable included, programming with CHIRP actually works, using "Juentai" as the vendor, and "JT-6188 Mini" as the model. Interwebs say it only draws 5A on transmit at max power; currently, I have it plugged into the power outlet of the GX. I haven't noticed any noise or interference, and that's with the engine running. Not sure yet if there's going to be a permanent installation in that vehicle, or if so, where it would go. The antenna is 1/4 wave on 2m (5/8 on 70cm), so middle of the roof on the GX ought to be fine re ground plane, and there's a PL259 to SMA pigtail, so I can run my Baofeng handheld with the magmount antenna as well. Made my first 2m contact today, hitting a repeater that's about 35 miles away, clean contact with transmission power set on low (that's supposedly 10W).