After years of reading through ham radio bulletin boards, mailing lists, and magazine reviews, I've come to realize one common theme: few, if any, said anything negative about the rig in question. How many rig reviews have you read that have been scathing, or at least moderately pessimistic about a new rig offering? How many hams have you seen lambasting a rig they just bought? Outside of some minor grumbling, usually followed by a trade at a swapmeet or (rarely) a return to the store, I myself have witnessed few such situations. Certainly none with the reviews done by the mags. So, this begs the question, what IS the absolute WORST ham radio that you have ever purchased or had the misfortune of using? Something that was new and just out of the box, and just never performed? Perhaps you purchased a new rig, only to have it immediatly fall apart, and you couldn't get any help from the manufacturer. Or maybe the thing was so poorly designed and so frustrating, that you tossed the thing into the trash bucket! The worst rig I've come across? I would say it had to be a tie between an Atlas HF rig and a Swan 2-meter. The Atlas I found to be unpleasant to use, underpowered and flat out UGLY! The Swan had noisy audio and was prone to any and all intermod from nearby paging towers. Fortunatly I didn't own the Atlas (belonged to a ham club) and I unloaded the Swan on someone else (I think for free, if I recall). Let 'er rip!