The IC-7000 is a very powerful radio but is really a mobile rig --- which means small knobs, buttons and display. The IC-7000 new will cost $1300 but dealers have IC-706 Mk II g models that were traded in and they do the same job for less than half the cost. You can get on 2M Packet with a 'junk' 2M FM radio and a TNC which will cost more than an old radio. There's an excellent digipeater in Galveston that's seldom used but you would only need a rubber-duck to get into WinLink 2000 and the internet, The Galveston Co. EOC and the National Traffic System.
If you see this in time ---- come to the North County Bldg tomorrow morning (Dec 4) for SKYWARN Appreciation Day. You can meet some of us and try out several different radios that will be in operation.
Was I one of the VE's when you tested ? Hmmm....
If 10M has a good opening there will be some PSK-31 activity. I've worked a lot of Euro's there.
Find me and more info on my web-site: http://www.k0ks.com
73 de Ken, K0KS