I haven't gotten my license yet...but I can think ahead. I've been looking at HF Radios and here's where my heads at. I really like the idea of owning a TS-480SAT. People seem very satisfied with them. I really like the compact size. I tend to keep things for a while. If it weren't for the old technology I'd just get a 718. Another nice size machine with many years (17, I think) of satisfied customers. But the DSP is lacking and other features outdated. For nearly the same price as the 480SAT the FTDX-1200 is on sale. From what I see the 1200 would give me a better antenna tuner and better DSP and a ton of gadgets that I probably don't need. My question is....would I be giving up a lot going with the little Kenwood vs the behemoth 1200? I really don't like the size, but I could deal with it if it offers that much more in needed performance and features.