So let's start at my current position. Right now the only rig that I have in the truck is a Kenwood TM-710a dual-band 2m/70cm analog radio with APRS support built in:
This is an awesome radio with great receive and a lot of features. Just like the picture above, I keep the left side tuned for APRS and use the right side for chatting/scanning. I hope to add a Green Light Labs GPS in the near future, at which point I will enable beaconing, but it is a lot of fun watching the stations near me pop up on the screen and exchanging text messages with them.
Moving on, the next radio that I would like to add is the Kenwood TS-480SAT to get HF back in the truck.
I used to have an Icom 706MkII in there and discovered that I need at do a lot of work to get the truck RF quiet, which will be another post of series of posts. But that doesn't change the fact that I miss having HF in there, especially on longer trips. I want to couple this radio to a Tarheel 100A-HP antenna.
The next thing that I would like to add is the Icom IC-2820H to get me the ability to access 2m/70cm digital modes (D-STAR).
Still in the D-STAR world, I would also like to add the Icom ID-1 radio.
This radio lives in the 1.2GHZ digital world, and also has the ability to do 128k data connection, which means internet access when there is a repeater that supports it near by. You can also do 128k data simplex between two radios which opens all sorts of fun and interesting possibilities, especially for EmComm work.
Okay, still with me?
I have a few more things that I would like to add also. One of them is a Cisco 1232AG 802.11 wireless access point.
An AP would let me access the data capabilities of the ID-1 from my laptop anywhere near the truck! Of course, this AP doesn't run on 12V, so I would need a DC-DC regulator to get from 12V to the required 48V at 300mA. I've seen several on-line, like the one below, but I think that I would prefer to build one.
With all that I will bring this lengthy post to a close. I've been participating in the Kenwood TS-590 net on 7.235MHz as I write this. Lotsa static, but a great net, so if you have a '590 come over on Wednesday nights at 0100z.