Shane, Good analogy, and actually that's happening. Not only are they building these SDR's out of their junk box, they're letting others use these radios to receive signals from their stations 24 hours a day. Here's a homebuilt SDR and plans on how to make your own: http://wwwhome.ewi.utwente.nl/~ptdeboer/ham/sdr/#nov2008 Take a look at the 163 different real time setups listed at: http://websdr.org/ or the 54 different SDR's at: http://sdr.hu KXW actually showed over 50 hams how to get involved in building their own equipment, and one of the projects that the group will continue to pursue is to build an upconverter that will put the HF bands into the range of the SDR. If you'd like to play along, take a look at Kenn's presentation at our homebrew page: http://w5nor.org/homebrew or any of the other projects listed there. Our hobby is so broad that most of us will never 'do it all', or maybe even get 50% of all of the stuff done!!!