My brother owns this radio and seeing that we are both ham radio operators we do use each other's equipment now and then. I helped him pick it out at the Ham Radio outlet as well. I must say this is another high quality piece of equipment that Icom has produced. This particular model has been made for quite a number of years with improvements along the way. They actually now have a pro model of this one that is quite different than the one is this review. I like the original better. My brother purchased this one in its last year of production. It has all the H.F. ham bands plus 6 and 2 meters as well so this radio has a ton of frequency options. It has a built in automatic antenna tuner which works well and the transmitted audio sounds very good as does the received audio. There have been no problems since his time of purchase going back a few years. This is a very complete radio for a ham radio operator or shortwave listener. It also has a very nice display for various things such as frequencies etc. It is fairly heavy and certainly gives the impression of being extremely well made.