You see what you see, I see a pointless and rather barbed opinion of a type of person obviously regarded with scorn by the poster. I see no need for that here in the technical forums, since frankly IMO there are enough "real ham" type arguments around here already. Different strokes for different folks I guess. I always try to base my assessment of someone on experience whenever possible, not speculation. That is the case here, nothing more. There is a reason why things like ignore lists are there. They are tools. I've already pointed out that we're off topic. I'll continue my participation here when we're back on topic. It has been a good discussion so far, and I agree with you about the importance of the advancement of technology. For me, there are applications for all different types of technology.. hell, I'm a musician and I love tube audio amps. The same mindset will no doubt apply to many radio folks about their tube amps. I understand that, but my reason for arguing in favor of silicon here is because there have been some very slick new developments in that regard recently that sort of change the game a bit.. again, IMO.