Perhaps newcomers would say: ".. If you do not understand ChatRooms, bridges, talk-groups, and color codes.. you are not really a ham.." Or ".. if you cannot use Excel or LibreOffice to clean up your frequency database from dups and overlaps ... you are not really a ham..." Perhaps at a less practical, and more aspirational level -- I believe it is the intent of US Gov, when encouraging to study and giving us the license, that we can maintain a certain level of proficiency and self-reliance when operating equipment that's compatible, in its capacity, with reasonably modern commercial and defense applications. With regards to multi-purpose QRP radios, I think they should be under 600$ and should be all band (down to 70 or even 13cm), with everything necessary to operate it in the field, with exception of a battery. So neither this radio or the new Icom 705 fit into that arbitrary bracket. I am certainly not a radio engineer, and I suspect making and providing long-term support for a sophisticated radio is very hard to achieve on a small company scale. Unless, the radio is constructed using mostly open-source designs that are evolved independently. It is unfortunate that the barrier of entry is pretty high now, but just like in the world of CPU ISAs, open source is lowering the barrier and making impossible possible for small boutique shops. So cheaper, yet highly functional radios will be more and more accessible. Unless FCC will go onto the path of FDA and will create enough barriers to entry, to only allow in large multinationals that can afford the required exuberance.