Just to say that since my RSGB Convention talk, where I showed the radiated noise (amplitude noise rather than phase noise is the big problem with the 9700) performance of a few different systems, I’ve had quite a few people asking me for advice on the bands and many are keen to improve their signals.
Of course, there will always be some antisocial operators, but I do think they are in the minority.
I use a remote controlled 9700, which I find useful, but would never use it with a PA or for serious contesting.
For me its greatest weakness is the poor A/D accuracy on receive which makes it not much use when a band is busy.
For microwave IF use, I would think the drift would be an issue, unless it is modified to lock the VHF XO.
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