I've completed repair of my Yaesu VX-7, which was suffering from DC-induced damage to its ceramic filters. I followed http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~timc/e/vx7r.html and the blocking capacitor notes at the bottom of the page. My results can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/32548582@N02/albums/72157667529801877. The repair appears to have been a success. The next day, Wed May 30, I turned on both my VX-7 and FT-8800 to compare the reception. There was a net going on at 145.230 (w7bpd) transmitting from atop Sumas Mountain in northwest Washington, around 30 miles ENE from me. That repeater pegged both radios. The FT-8800 reception sounded very good. The VX-7 reception had bits of static and crunches. This was helped slightly by turning on the VX-7's attenuator and by using a rubber duck antenna. I also tried using the attenuator on the VX-7 and putting it on the FT-8800's antenna; an N9TAX slimjim hanging from a high ceiling. That was pretty good, but still not as good as what I got from the FT-8800. Other repeater and simplex reception doesn't provoke this response in my VX-7. Both radios put out audio of the same quality, albeit the VX-7 always sounds a bit tinny because of the speaker itself. What's going on here?