For 2M in the backpack I use a Kenwood THK20A. It's a solid, proven dependable HT that's has no frills. No built-in GPS or APRS, no dualband, no triband, no x-band repeat. In the mountains I just need the best chance of reaching a repeater and this provides that without excess buttons, features, and menus in the way. It's not guaranteed to reach, but repeater coverage in the mountains near me is much better than cellular. Mobile I have a Yaesu FT2900R with a 5/8 wave Larsen NMO150. The antenna and larger amp give me substantially more gain. You really have to be in a hole for it to come short. I've seen APRS packets fail, but never phone. In the open, I can touch repeaters hundreds of miles away. I would seriously consider the Kenwood mobile instead though because the desktop software to program it is free and the user interface is better. I would choose a single bander. I played with APRS for a while and still have a mini TNC, but at the end of the day, 2M phone does 100% of what I need, so the only justification for a dual-band, dual-receive, digital, high-end rig like the FTM 400XDR would be for fun, and HF is just more so I prefer the simple 2m rigs. If I get another 2m rig for a home base, it would just be another mobile with an antenna on the house and a power supply. For HF, I built some QRP kits and fiddled with them. I had limited success with my receiver. I should probably have a commercial receiver as a reference, but I put it on pause for a while. If it was important for me to be operational for portable ops, I would probably get an Elecraft KX3 or KX2. I have no real interest in building a shack for the forseeable future, but I think the Flex SDR's are a good way to go for that.