This HT is the 1st one that I've used to get into amateur radio back in early 1991. Yes, I shelled out $500.00 for this at the time, but got on 2M and 440MHz in a big way and have used this HT as an HT, mobile, and base. Only problem since 1991 is the HI / LO switch went bad on me, but was able to replace that. Great RX and TX quality and good audio both ways as well. Been, and still, a great HT, even today.