Ok a question for the Ham experts. I passed my test last year and have not yet purchased a radio. So now Iâ€™m thinking this would be a good time to pick one up before spring. Anyway, here is the radio Iâ€™m looking at http://www.icomamerica.com/products/amateur/v8000/ Three things that have drawn me to this unit are 1) the power, is this good, or does a person need more that 50w? 2) The front facing speaker, Iâ€™m deaf in my right ear, so the more sound I have coming at me the better. 3) the weather scan and alerts, enough said. I believe I can buy this for around $170. What do you think? Is this a decent rig? Is there a better one in this price range? Iâ€™m thinking Iâ€™ll only use it for chasing. Also how about an antenna? I have a full size truck and park in the garage every night. I would like to mount an antenna to the rear wall of the box right behind the cab. I think this should keep it low enough as to not hit the ceiling. Do you think this would work? Thanks for the help.