It would depend upon your intended usage. I would go 2m/70cm dual band mobile first. I have four of them and almost never bring out the dual band HT's. My goal has always been to run mobile HF in the sailboat and the PU as well but have never set it up. These days I spend no time at all in the shack as we travel a great deal and there is always the next trip to prepare for whether it is being a tourist, Wapiti Wackin' or fish slaying. Good luck with the test, the Technician Test is a breeze, General a little more technical but not all that bad.