As a relative newcomer what was immediately apparent was the quieter sound of AM, particularly when the NB/ANL button was pushed in to cut out much of the background noise and static making the squelch control pretty much surplus to requirements, also the relatively low static hiss of SSB after the noisy 'mush' of FM! Maybe it was just me but LSB (Lower Side Band) seemed to have a different 'sound' than USB (Upper Side Band), never really knew why, perhaps it was a bit out of tune! A few people sneered at the new radio of course (as people will!) saying ‘aww it’s only got 40 channels and 12 watts, but I loved it and it was mine! A quality radio as well, nicely put together with a good receiver and I particularly liked the AM/USB/LSB green/amber/red mode indicator diodes above the mode switch and the RX/TX colour changing (green/red) diode, all very funky and never seen it on any other radio!