I currently own a Kenwood TS-850S that I use for contesting and DX'ing. However, I want 6 meter capability and also something that is more PC/digital mode friendly. The FT-450 seems to fit that perfectly. I just purchased my FT-450 on ebay so we'll see how it works out. I once had an Icom IC-756ProIII but sold it because I needed the cash. Now I am saving up for a better rig again and the FT-450 will probably become my secondary radio once I can afford another step up to say a K3. The FT-450 will also be more field day friendly than my TS-850.