I qualify as at least an almost OF ... referencing the possible hearing issue. You will not get any better sound from an analog radio versus an sdr. And I am a guy that had a Drake R4C in the day and I loved that d@mn radio. Drake station are starting to show up in the used equipment and I long for that. Yet, old tech is old tech. And just because I am .. old .. doesn't mean that I feel a kinmanship to old tech! Heck with that stuff. I want the latest and greatest with rx & tx equalizers so that I can either/and make myself sound like a 40 y/o and even some squeaking voice sound like macho man. New tch is a lot of fun.