I bought this radio at Lentini Communications in Newington, CT. Great radio. One heck of a lot of value for 500 dollars. For this price if truth is told I really had only expected economy performance. Probably worth twice what they charge. I have used it on the air many times and I am just so inpressed with it. This product allows new hams or anyone on a low income to have a chance to get in the ham radio hobby at the hf level. Many other radios are much higher priced and can tend to make the hobby cost prohibitive for some which I have always thought was a shame. Originally purchased this radio when my other radio was in the shop for repairs. It was recommended by another ham radio operator with a lot of experience and who actually owned one. This purchase was one of the best I have ever made in this hobby. I have been involved with ham radio for 17 years so i feel more than qualified to write this review. Icom quality is well known and this particular model has had a very good track record. The other ham whom I know personally has owned and operated one of these much longer than I have and it has never missed a beat so to speak. I am in fact so impressed by Icom radio's and equipment that I intend to make most of my purchases for this hobby from Icom. The name speaks in volumes when it comes to quality and performance.