You can't always hear everyone, due to propagation, etc. Maybe they can't hear your peanut-whistle to a dipole station. That goes even for Baxter too although in his case it's pretty clear he doesn't care if anyone's on freq. or not. As for the transmissions themselves, as has already been stated over and over again including by the FCC, Baxter transmits content including promotion for his own business. Yes the ARRL sells stuff too but doesn't promote it in their transmissions. That's a difference. W1AW transmits code practice and news items pertaining to ham radio. Baxter transmits promotional BS for himself and businesses. W1AW inadvertently occasionally steps on someone's QSO. Baxter does it with delight. How can some of you not understand there is a difference here? As for the guy who said we "old farts" need to re-take our ham exams, fine, bring it on. I passed my Advanced over 20 years ago. I don't think there'd be too much problem with today's exams. "Extra class: What does SSB stand for?" If we're "old farts", then some of you "young brats" need to have a little more respect for your fellow hams. When I was a novice, most of us had a lot of respect for the "old farts" who were there in the days when hams built their own stations.... and developed much of the technology we all use today. I think, at least I hope, that the guy who said that isn't typical of most young hams. One thing I don't understand at all, is why the FCC has become such a department of wusses. One of the questions in my Novice test years ago was regarding illegal transmissions and the penalties. The answer was "punishable by fines of up to $1000 for every day of the illegal operation, plus possible jail time and confiscation of equipment". That's paraphrased but the gist of it. It was enough to make me think I didn't want to do anything illegal. Now it seems you can do just about anything on air and get away with it for years with nothing more than a few notes like, "we have reports that you have been transmitting without a license, interfering with police, federal and amateur transmissions, running power apparantly above amateur limits, causing interference to television sets within a 3-mile radius. We respectfully advise you to please stop this activity". In another 5-10 years they might even fine you, like K1MAN. No wonder Baxter has no respect for them, it's hard to respect an authority that acts like a childrens TV-show host. What happened to the FCC???