I've spent some time looking at the VX-8 series of radios and I think I've decided to go with the VX-8DR. I found the following "VX-8 Comparison Chart" at Universal Radio and that was helpful. I definitely want to use it for APRS when traveling, and while the GR has the integral GPS, which would in some ways be ideal, I just don't want to give up all of these features: 6M 220 Receive below 108Mhz Vibrate Bluetooth, at least for the future VOX Heads up GPS Direction (vs. North up only) 4 symbols for APRS identity (Car, Person, etc.) LED Flashing when receiving message Finally, in an emergency, being able to listen to AM Broadcast, FM Broadcast--either one as a 3rd band monitored..in other words you can listen to 1010WINS in NYC and it will be muted if you receive on 2M or 440- would be very appealing! I know I lose the 'submersible' rating, but even as a boater I can live with out that. The downside is having to have the GPS on the Mic and attached or on the bracket to the radio..each of which cost more. I can see in occasional mobile use that being able to clip the mic somewhere with a better view than on the seat beside me might be useful. Anyone else go through this selection and what did you decide?