I find the debate over SDR’s interesting. I’ve heard many comments that go something like this, “I want a radio with dials and a knob.” It reminds me of the days when SSB was beginning to replace AM on the HF bands. You would hear all sorts of comments about “the Donald Duckers” from those using AM. Yes, I am that old – grin. My first attempt at just a shortwave radio was a regenerative radio kit sold by Allied Radio called the Space Spanner. Back to the debate – anything new can be frustrating at first as you learn how to use it. I had to learn to use that first radio kit to get best performance out of it. When I finally got enough cash together to buy a used Hallicrafter’s SX-28, I had to learn how to use it as well. When I bought my Flex 6300, I had to learn to use it and I still am! I do not think I have figured out how to use one 10th of its capabilities yet. Like many of the advances in amateur radio, SDR requires a learning curve and it looks and sounds different just as SSB sounded and looked different from AM. Already you are seeing radios built around proprietary logic arrays that are in essence SDR’s configured to meet the needs of the buttons and dials boxes. In most cases, they do not fully exploit the abilities of something like the Flex series. One of the reasons I love amateur radio is it continues to change as technology advances. I would not want to go back to my Space Spanner regenerative radio as much as I enjoyed it. I will continue to enjoy my Flex 6300 and look forward to the day some new and unknown technology will replace it.