I've been having this same debate with myself for a little while now. I own an FT-60R dual-bander and have been scanning a bit on the 440. There is some activity, but a lot of it is restricted due to the military's Pave Paws missile defense system. Most of the hams in the area that I've met so far, don't do much in the UHF bands... but the idea of something like the FT-8800 and cross band repeat still seam somewhat appealing. Anyway, for now I think I'm going to stick with the basics on 2m. I really appreciate everyone's input on this. It seems that the 2800 is a darn good rig that will serve me well. And so far, I can't seem to find a reason for the extra 10w in the 2900... can that extra 10w really make any difference besides just bleeding my TX over into nearby frequencies?