Thanks for the detailed response, Dave!
Echolink & D-STAR are out.
I'm looking at the specs on the Kenwood TM-D710A, it says it does crossband repeat, and it appears to have 2 receivers..... I just found the manual and it gives instructions for setting up cross-band repeat (VHF/UHF) and locked-band repeat (same band).
Sounds like UHF & VHF are all I need at this time -- no Quad-banders for now.
I think I'll start looking for a deal on a D710A.
Originally Posted by DaveInDenver
Also remember as you increase power, you increase your RF exposure and so you want to be careful about antenna placement with higher and higher powers, even at 50W you need to make sure to keep about 6 feet or so between you and the antenna when transmitting to stay below accepted FCC exposure levels.
Hmmmmm. I thought that, at 50W, I basically didn't need to worry about RF exposure. At 6ft, the bumpers would be the only option? I'll need to do some antenna & mount research now. I understand that ground plane & SWR becomes a real issue once you get off of the roof or the hood.
Then again, we're not making any more kids here, so I could just ignore it.