I bought mine a week ago. I bought it mainly for the dual monitor arrangement. So far some likes/dislikes: Likes: Small size & weight. I bought the larger 1800 mAh battery on recommendation. So far I haven't really needed it yet. The separate stereo earphone jack - FM stereo is quite good quality, though I haven't used that feature much except to check it out. In dual monitor mode, with Stereo headsets - Side A comes in on the left headphone, Side B on the right. That will make monitoring two frequencies much easier. Switching from A to B or to single monitor mode is a single button push. Separate volume settings for A and B. My friends FT-6 only has a coarse 'balance' between the two sides. The A and B buttons are also the activity indicators. Very easy to see what's going on. Dislikes: I was disappointed to find that I can not see the memory labels except in single frequency mode. The frequency only is always displayed in dual monitor mode. Reception of WWV frequencies is terrible, even with a separate antenna. My VX-6 picks up WWV as well as or better than my old RadioShack TimeCube. With the VX-8 the WWV signal doesn't even break the squelch.