Glad I said 'probably' :~
Wish I had time to play with these... "Radios" these days is mindblowing to this pre-silicon guy...
I used to be on CW and RTTY with my Dad every week for years.. various generations of stuff from mechanical teletypes thru computers.
Now he's 99 and almost blind and so deaf that the only way I can communicate with him on the phone is to send him Morse and he talks back. Funny how that 5 baud nonsynchronous mode still works.
Well I am just getting back into ham radio after decades of inactivity. A lot has changed, they dropped the code learning requirement. However CW and RTTY are still popular modes but of course SSB is the most active. AM, FM and lots on newer digital modes are also used. The population of hams seems to be higher these days with the dropping of CW code requirements, but the radios seem awful expensive and do not track the trend of cheaper and cheaper electronics over time as the rest of the consumer and PC world enjoys. Must be a lack of scale of volumn production and possibly not enough competition.
I've got a lead on a local ham that said he is willing to sell me his old Kenwood TS-520s hybrid transciever for $100 ($200-300 less then resell value). That would be quite a score if it goes down as planned. It's a great old radio from the mid to late 70s where the chassis and panels were still made of heavy metal, real knobs a human can handle, no menus or digital displays. Just a pair of 6146Bs pumping out better then 100 watts of RF. It's a radio one can actually troubleshoot and repair if required rather then just sending off for expensive repairs. These old Kenwoods hybrids are quite popular still with those in the know, and plus they look very cool: