Well, after several months of faffing about, I’ve taken the plunge. I’ve traded most of my “old” gear in, and am now the proud owner of a Yaesu FT-897D. And I’m very happy with it too.
Still got the aerials to sort out, but the thought of having 100W on all HF bands (including six metres) and a decent bit of grunt on 2M is good enough for me.
Planning to start the RSGB VHF contests on a Tuesday night before too long.
Will keep you all updated once I’ve got the aerials sorted. I do have aerials now, it’s just they’re not that good 🙂