Good morning guys...or ladies too perhaps. First of all I would like to thank you for your replies they are very much appreciated.
I have had quite a bit of luck finding 2 meter all mode rigs for well under 500 dollars. I find them mostly on ebay but also in a few other places. They are used of course and it's always buyer beware but I have had good luck in the past.
Here's an example of one I'm looking at now. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310073650818&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DWatching
I don't want to go the transverter route, I really want one radio that is dedicated to the job at hand, and that is 2 meter all mode.
A few have asked what I have for rigs now and I have an FT1000MP-Mark V and a Kenwood TS830S for my HF activities. I also have numerous 2 meter, 440 and 220 mhz FM rigs. I have a Midland 6 meter FM rig...and a bunch of walkies. I also have a Hy-Gain TH11DX and a TH6DX, two 2 meter 10 element beams an a 4 element 6 meter beam. Those sit on a 72 foot US Tower crank up tower. At the tip top of the tower sits a Diamond ground plain that covers 2 meter FM, 440 and 6 meter FM.
So that is it ...thanks again for all the suggestions.
73 Jim KA1EUI