I have one of those terrible TS480hx'S. I start with a TS2000. I like that rig but some one offered me more than I had paid for it. I bought a TS480HX to replace it. First thing I noticed is the receive. Much better. Even though it is a menu driven it is easy to move around and get what you want. I upgrade to General in Oct and Extra in March. I had been a tech for 15 years and I was QRT for about 10 of those due to family. I am a DXer in training. I am learning every day. I am running a double length G5RV. I have 57 confirmed and 147 worked. Not bad. I have added around 70 of those since Feb after getting the 480. I love it and for the money it would do you very good. Yes you can get better but for 1200 you cant go wrong. Now back to the Yemen pile up. I have worked them on 1 or 2 bands but I would like more.