Long story short, a few months ago I was mandated to leave my home in Missouri and drive 500 + miles south to Texas for schooling. (Air Force) At the time I threw in a Yaesu FT857 and used a Comet VHF/UHF dual bander as well as a Little Tarheel II to run the HF side. All of this in my 2004 Tacoma. (it has the metal bed) While on the road, trying to work HF seemed like it would be a challenge. In trying to ensure I didn't go out of my privileges, I found trying to eye the LCD while keeping my eyes on the road was difficult. Needless to say I decided against trying to work any DX while driving. While stopped wasn't much better. Even at full power (100W) and with the optional 56" whip on the Tarheel (stock is 32") and grounds to the bed, cab and frame to the ground on the Tarheel.....I STILL had a hard time working DX. I did manage to make a few contacts but not many. I didn't hear much repeater activity in northern TX, and on the road I used the nat'l 2 M calling frequency maybe 3 times. Then I got to thinking, I don't spend much time in my mobile anyways, and I have my base station that gets out so much better (Kenwood TS-2000 and an Outbacker), I started to wonder why even have an all bander for mobile. So what's your take on an all bander for the road?