I have been running mobile for over twenty years and only run mobile presently - I echo the general opinions here that the Kenwood 480 - either version - with or without the antenna tuner is a good choice. I ran the 480 HX for a couple of years and liked it. With 200 watts out I worked 40 and 80 meters with no amplifier. Procomm makes monoband (hamstick) antennas for less than 30 bucks a pop and they are rated for 500 watts. You'll probably need to make or buy some kind of matching coil to tune them properly but they work pretty good for someone on a budget. I run bugcatcher antennas and find them to be an unbeatable mobile antenna however they can be a little high maintenance. I run the Icom 7100 and it has the best receiver of anything I've ever run mobile. The Icom 7000 is also a great mobile radio. The radio I would recommend though if you want something to use as a fixed station and mobile is the new Icom 7300. There are a lot of fairly new ones moving around out there right now and this is hands down one of the best bangs for the buck of any radio to come out in the last 10 years.