Very cool! You're going to have fun. You'll have lots of opinions on gear and ultimately it comes down to what you want to do with it. I have the Yaesu 8900r which is a quad band and more than I need (2m/70cm/6m/10m) but no aprs. 2meter is where most of the day to day comm. Is going on. I might mess with 6m some day or maube not. I'd say look at the Yaesu ft350 it's got the aprs capability. I hope that helps get you started. There's much more knowledge elsewhere In the club.