Welcome to a fellow ham. Coyotebc. That TYT 9800 looks interesting and much cheaper than the Yaesu. How does it perform for you? Iíve run a very simple inverted V wire antenna in my back yard for many years and made some very interesting contacts including antarctica. Of course. I canít compete in contests with guys using tri-banders on 100í towers but I still have a lot of fun. I hope you can put together a shack.
It works okay, but I only really use the 2m and 70cm bands
I may be getting rid of the current antenna and getting a dual band one.
I 4x4 and the current antenna needs to be folded down when offloading.