First things first. This is my first post and I am looking at getting my first HT. I have not obtained my licences as of yet nor taken the exam(Next one is 11/6). I feel pretty confident that I will be able to pass the test as I have been passing the practice tests getting from 90-100%. I am currently looking at purchasing the Yaesu VX-8DR as my first radio. Yes, I know that it has a steep learning curve and again I feel confident, having read the manual. I want to get a full featured HT as my first, even if it may be more difficult making contacts. My main concern is that I'll purchase this radio and like a computer it will be outdate in 6 months to a year. I'm not a big fan of Kenwood (I thank my father for that, he sells commercial/government Motorola and until recently Icom radios). I guess at this point I'm looking for radios that can best the vx-8dr in everyway. Do I even have any options as far as a HT goes?