I can spend a lot of time just listening...in fact, I spend most of my RADIO time listening. A tecsun 880 is really great radio to just listen to HF. Add a 9:1 unun and its an even better radio to listen to. But...the only issue with using a SWL radio is the lack of filtering and pan adapter for "seeing" whats out there. I realize that the time and money i spent on this that I could have bought a used 7300. But...this rig runs on a 5v USB power supply...and can tune anywhere from 1mhz to 6ghz. Enter...the Hack RF with the Porta Pack H1 along with the Sotabeams WolfWave DSP. With this combo of equipment, the difference of what can be heard is simply...astounding. I used to seldom hear Europe/South America from my FM16UV QTH. Now, this is not a problem. I have made a side by side comparison between this rig, an Ft100D and the Tecsun Pl880. Even with the Ft100D's excellent DSP capabilities, the Hack RF's ability to alter gains with the wolfwave's ability to 'clean' a signal is in a different league all together. I'm sure these capabilities are built in to many radios these days (991a, 7300, IC706, etc)...but those need to be plugged into the wall and have dedicated antennas to work best. Overall, im very pleased with the performance of this radio. Obviously the Wolfwave will make any radio better...even the Ft100D (which are really amazing together). Its fun to use that is for sure!