I use the band scope for SWLing and listen to all of the "classic bands" and I am amazed at what I can pick-up even with my poor vertical (hidden from HOA) antenna. Whoever says there is nothing to listen to with respect to foreign broadcasts has NOT really been serious about listening. I have been a listener for over 60+ years and even picked up SPUTNIK after it was put into orbit way back when! My other passion is listening to international flight communications. I also have an ICOM R9500 receiver that, of course, handles everything in a first-rate fashion. Very much enjoying the MB1; however, have to use an external tuner (MFJ-949E) since the internal ATU does NOT couple to my vertical at all so I keep the ATU feature on BPS. MY SWR through the MFJ never runs higher than 1.5 to 1 and most times it is flat!