As somebody else said the UK prices are significantly more than US. A few friends and I have been looking at 2m and above. Our old 1980's kit is either failed or getting flakey and with the years threats to 2m band getting increased operation would be good. A lot of people are challenged when it comes to Satellite ops (never mind eme). Digital is "I think' fairly popular in larger cities but that is fm Handheld teritory in the main. CTCSS and digital have all but killed mobile op 2m here in the uk from what I can see further reducing vhf and up use. Since 2008 fiscal crash the flatlining of salaries and fudging of finances has crushed things. So comparisons with 1990's prices are I think pretty irrelevant add to that that a lot of tech is software (SDR) and value is further stretched. I am still looking but prices will have to fall on the 9700 for my cash to flow in the direction of what are cirrently dying bands.