I also have had the IC-7000 for about four days. Observations on Fred's comments (above): (1) Instead, go to the Yahoo IC-7000 group and download the international version of the manual in a PDF that has the TV operational instructions included. The PDF manuals are in color, which the printed manuals are not. (2) Recall that with USB, each radio would be a USB slave to the PC or a "CT-17USB" master. Presently, the ICOM CT-17 allows four ICOM radios to communicate with each other, because the CV-I protocol is really an TTL open-collector, ONE LINE variant on RS-232 that allows "network-like" interconnections. Now yes, this could all be fixed in a "CT-17USB" version, but at what $$$ price? As it is, you can buy ICOM's OPC-478 cable for $45 (or even RT Systems CT-29A cable for $25), cut off the stereo 3.5mm stereo plug (which uses ground and ring) and replace it with a 3.5mm mono plug (or make an equivalent adapter, as I did), and you have radio-to-DB9 communications. Add a DB-9 to USB adapter, and you are done. (3) I like the "two-clock" feature: You set clock 1 to UTC, and then set clock 2 to the appropriate offset. That way, as you change time zones and/or daylight savings time, you just adjust the clock 2 offset. (4) Page 37 of the manual says (I haven't tried it yet) that the LOCK button on the microphone has a different function than the LOCK button on the radio front panel; the microphone LOCK button locks the other microphone buttons, while the LOCK button on the radio front panel locks the dial. (5) Yep, works fine for its intended purpose: to monitor TV channels in an emergency. If they're listening to us, we ought to be listening to them (grin). Additional comments: I like the new, smaller power connector, and I understand that the new connector is not unique to the IC-7000 or even ICOM. As radios get smaller, that huge standard power connector was getting to be obsolete. I like the color display, and I think that color will be the new standard for upscale amateur radios, but I don't think the lack of color will put Kenwood out of business. I like the infinitely (well, almost) adjustable DSP. I like the size and weight. Dealing with memory locations is infinitly easier than on the FT-897D (which I also own). It would be nice if the RTTY waterfall display was available in other modes. I agree with some that the menu system is not as clear as it could be. In fact, I think the FT-897D menu system is clearer, although with the IC-7000, the common menu items are easier to get to (once you know how). With the FT-897D and MH-59 microphone, every setting on the FT-897D except for RF-gain/squelch (including AF and power on/off) could be adjusted from the microphone; that would have been nice on the IC-7000/HM-151. While both the IC-7000 and FT-897D/MH-59 have direct frequency entry, the IC-7000 lacks direct memory location entry; that would have been nice as well. Since the IC-7000 seems destined for portable or mobile use, a digital power voltage readout (ala the FT-897) would be nice (perhaps on some menu, along with perhaps other operational parameters, like internal temperature?). Don't get me wrong: my FT-897D is for sale (on eBay), but both radios have their advantages and disadvantages.