I bought a FT-817ND thinking I would do a lot more with it. Only 5 watts output, but have a lot of experience using an Icom M700 on board vessels. The 817 was supposed to be installed in a SUV of mine, but then I noticed that VHF and UHF were really all I was using mobile. A good deal on some surplus Motorola CDM1550's made me go that route. So what I actually use mobile now is a stack of CDM1550's in the off road rig, and stacked VX-3200 Vertex radios in my car. The HF rig is at home and monitoring digital modes. Good luck with the Air Force, retired here.