Just a thought: A Yaesu FT-817ND is a really nice all-mode radio–portable with batteries, or plug in to the mains with a transformer, or into 12V in a car. Lots of frequencies you could not use with Technician, but incentive is nice, right?
Two disadvantages: It is only 5W. That may be fine for you depending on your use.
The other is that it is $800 new. There are a lot of them around, so you might find it cheaper used.
Burns Fisher, WB1FJ