This is really a self enforced MANDATORY thing you must do. Yes it will work out the box but it will work as good as a 5000 if you take the time to learn the radio. Same for the 1200 and FT950. I remember the 950 got nasty reviews by ham zombies who didn't realize they bought something WAY over their heads. My FT950 performs on transmit exactly like the 3000 (menus are different). The 950 receiver is the same receiver used in the 5000 second receiver. The noise reduction is the same. Of course the 3000 has more display functions and a mo-better receiver than the FT950.