I hope this is the right forum for a discussion like this... Let me preface by saying I'm not trying to start a D-Star war with this thread. I just want some info regarding my specific situation. I am in the process of setting up a mobile radio in my vehicle. I've decided to stick with a 2M only radio at this point. There's no 70CM repeater coverage within 100 miles of me, and the added cost of a dual band radio is a little more than my budget allows at the moment. One of the radios I have been looking at is the Icom IC-2200h. For 2m FM, it really offers nothing more that the competing units. But with the optional board, it can do D-Star. I have to admit I like the idea of D-Star, at least what I've read and seen. I'm even further from D-Star than I am 70CM so it would only be used out of town (if I get the board). Disadvantages is of course, cost (I would add the digital board later), and I really don't see D-Star becoming available in my area anytime soon. With this in mind, is the D-Star option enough of an advantage to try and get a 2200H (They have been recently discontinued and I notice they are getting harder to find new)? Or would I be better off with either the offerings from Kenwood (the TM-281A) or Yaesu (FT-1900 or FT-2900)?