After doing some reading, I've come to that conclusion too. Though dated, the 706mkIIg looks inexpensive these days, and Ive seen the alinco HF mobile online at least. The 7000, is a bit over my price range right now, especially just getting my feet wet. There's also the 857D too. If it proved possible, I think I'd make a base unit at home first, if I could figure a way to string a wire antenna out of sight(apartment living, woohoo). Dont think I want the headaches of a mobile HF just yet, without considerable tutoring,lol.