Hi Dave, I have similiarly been finding great enjoyment just listening to some of the more prolific AM operators and groups of AM operations out here on the west coast. Something about hearing a hetrodyne on the phone bands and seeing it pop up on my spectrum display... I am attracted to it and must make my way to the source. Much in similiar fashion a mosquito or other flying insect must follow the source of illumination into a the emf of some far off bug zapper hanging from a neighboring porch. I am drawn to the hetrodynes of these guys speaking in AM! Beyond the curiosity or nostalgia of the old school technologies or vintage mode of operation, There are other qualities that I find hard to identify much less describe. Certain qualities I often am not finding as much enjoyment and satisfaction within the other modes during much of the time I spend attending to my radio. I often find myself doing much more listening. Certainly more fascination with listening to the activities of the AM fraternity. Six Land is well represented and The AM crowd from Six Land is doing a great job of undoing many of the negative Six Land wackiness stereotype too. These fellow are true gentlemen through and through. I listen to many intellectual and well spoken gentlemen. Folks that can carry a conversation, that have something of substance to contribute, people that use proper grammar and who are approachable, cordial, very well mannered, and courteous. The list of qualities could carry on and on... Basically, it is a throwback to everything in my mind that I had always idealistically believed what ham radio operators we're all about. I don't have any old vintage gear, boat anchors or otherwise. I am certainly cautious about getting bit by the bug and getting addicted to yet another "thing" and getting more stuff or projects to collect or hoard as my family calls it! I need no more projects and havent the space to operate from with the heavy vintage iron. At least not yet, but if I am not careful I will make the room. Fortunately however, my appliance solid state gear appears to put out a fairly respectable signal. At least compared to other solid state gear I owned from the past. I noticed that the ranks aren't so exclusive of the boat anchor crowd but AM has had a recent resurgence too. The cutting edge digital wizardry of the propeller cap crowd have been showing up with their highly digital preprocessed high fidelity audio SDR flex radios. Some of these modern High Fidelity crowd actually put out a great genuine AM signal. The AM mode is also better suited to the high fidelity trend of outboard audio mixer 1000 dollar microphone types of operators that can't seem to get enough bandwidth on ssb. Seems that if you can produce decent audio and if you have decent manners and if you listen and listen some more and listen enough to have something intellectual or redeeming to add to the roundtable, you will be welcomed and assimilated into the group just fine. Remember when participating in the roundtable, Keep a list with all the other participants in rotation order. Note there callsign, qth and name. (Typical stuff, you already do, right?) Next to that list make enough space where you can jot down interesting statements or points you might want to reply to during each operators transmission. When it's your turn reference your notes. Show interest in what others had to say in their previous transmissions. have good conversation and well thought replies to points of interests that others in the roundtable have shared. Pay attention. Yes it is a seemingly correct stereotype that these AM conversations have very long individual transmissions. But they usually have a great amount of substance and something to actually say or talk about. It isn't the usual diatribe of talking for talking sake as many would believe but is more the art of speaking in public and having something worthwhile to sharing. Many times beyond just the radio and definitely not the same ol 59 qsl via the bureau.