Well after 2 years of dual banding, and playing on repeaters. I decided that it was time for a little more long distance simplex operation. VHF/UHF is pretty awesome for up to 75Km, but wanted to try my hand at 3-500km and maybe a little DXing when conditions are good.

Sold my Yaesu FT8800 VHF/UHF rig, replaced it with a Yaesu FT8900 440/144/28/50 with cross band repeat. should be some more fun challenges.

The radio is already programmed and installed in the truck (it is exactly the same physically as the 8800) just need a new antenna setup now, and I am good to go!