Agreed.....the R-8's are better equipt. than there little brother (SW-.....Your R-8A has a few more goodies on it than my R-8.....I think one of the big draw-backs with the SW-8 is the lack of a Notch or Passband tuning although the Synch in SSB is nice..I do like the 10 KHz scan tuning on the SW-8 for the MW's here in this part of the world..I have purchased and old AUTEK QF-1A to try with my SW-8 (Notch and Peak and Low/High pass filter) I'll let you know how it works out. Keep us informed as to your impressions of your new Drake....I think you'll like this one !!!