@art.mouton is a friend who I introduced to the board when he followed me with his own surgery. We also happen to live about 4 blocks apart, so we're always on one frequency or another. I'm a Kenwood man myself with a bunch of them, including a 590 and a 890. My current rig is the above Flex 6500, which turns to be as much fun playing with the radio itself as it is to use it on the air. Glad to stir up some other hams here on the board. de N5WE.