Well I went ahead and ordered a boofang from Amazon. Just couldn't resist the free same-day shipping and easy returns if it sucks like some reviews show. I also picked up an attenuator so I can check it out on my spectrum analyzer. Haven't transmitted anything or hooked it to the SA yet, but I can definitely receive several repeaters. One of them signs the owners callsign periodically and it sounds loud and clear. Another one has the occasional person keying their mic and not saying anything.. but again loud and clear. I'm surprised by the second. I know where it is, and it's clear across town. The second says on repeaterbook that it's connected to EchoLink but their website says that feature isn't working right now.