By chance, I picked up a Browning Golden Eagle Mark IV (in mint condition and in its original box). I am a complete newbie to this activity but, when I saw the deal on the radio, I figured I might as well give it a try or flip the radio to some one who can put it to better use. Just for context, I'll throw in some background. I can remember as a kid (early-mid 70s), fishing in Northern New England and having a cheap CB radio in my dad's truck (I bet the radio is still in his basement). One of the guys we fished with was a dispatcher (of sorts) for a paper company (keeping track of their trucks, skidders, etc. across 100k+ sqmi of territory. He had this cool looking radio and big microphone on the table in his home office. I think it was a Browning but, I don't know exactly what it was (wasn't CB). He would also use it to keep tabs on a couple of fishing camps that were a good 20 miles or more off the paved road. I have also spent lots of time in and around Laconia so, I like the local connection (to the Browning history). Over the past 20 years, I've been deeply involved in the creation of the broadband wireless industry (here in the US and in lots of foreign markets). While I can talk the talk (to some degree) and understand the engineers (when they speak slowly), I'm on the business side of things. If I built a radio, it would definitely qualify as a boat anchor or fire-starter. While 'everyone' in the industry has been solely focused on capacity, I altered my focus, slightly (around 1997) to put comms security, integrity and continuity at the top of my priority list. I've spent loads of time on pulse (UWB), starting in 1996, which, actually was what got me thinking about those preceding priorities. I started to realize that these priorities were more of a necessity when someone educated me on what an EMP is (circa 2001) and the comms failures following Catrina and other disasters. I started to think that there might be some value in wave form characteristics that are not of interest to Wall Street and here I am.