I haven't been on the bands very long, Technician to Extra with the various band expansions. I always like the phone portions, CW is being relearned so very little machine CW at this time till I can use that straight key. The digital modes are great when the bands are so noisy I can't hear anything or the phone portion is dead and I've called CQ whatever for awhile with no callbacks. Sometimes I get lucky and I get a few stations returning my call from god knows where. My favorite surprise was Chile and a Maritime Mobile freighter in the North Atlantic followed by a land mobile UK station. I got a fair mix of modes for DXCC and WAS so I'm not the least bit afraid to try new modes on HF when band conditions require something different. What I don't like is calling a internet based comms system radio. Echolink or whatever there is out there that connects a radio to a repeater to a wireless hotspot to the internet down to a repeater elsewhere connected to the internet is not really radio to me since it isn't point to point RF contact without the internet helping relay the comms. I prefer my signals to be from antenna to antenna .If I wanted internet related coms I'd go to IM IRC or any social media messenger service.