Out of frustration toward not being able to truly rely on a UHF/VHF radio to be able to communicate with someone out side of repeater range, I'm considering making the jump to general. My research of a good mobile HF rig keeps steering me back to the yaesu FT-897D. It is an all band HF,UHF,VHF with a lot of great functions. It is small enough to mount in an over head console of my UNIMOG with the ability to remove it fairly easily and do a pelican box mount for outings in the Gelaendewagen. Does anyone here have any experience with this radio? It seems like the bee's knee's to me, but I'm still fairly new at this stuff.
On a side note, there is a post here talking about using an HT radio to communicate with a satellite as a repeater. Very cool stuff and presents an avenue to call for help in the middle of nowhere with pretty basic gear and a tech license, but it is still not with out difficulties as the window to talk is short and you need to know where and when the sat will be. Still, VERY cool.