The other night I was talking to someone on my VX-8 HT on 440 simplex. He remarked that the audio quality sounded over driven and basically sounded bad. I have never monitored myself on 440 with the HT before, only 2m. So I flipped on my Yaesu FT-897D, put some headphones on and put it on the same 440 frequency to listen. I was surprised at how different the radio sounds on 440mhz compared to 2m, which has terrific audio. On 440, as soon is key the mic it sounds like gain is jacked way up, regardless of where I actually set the mic gain on the radio. The best way I can describe it is that it sounds "splatty". Also, when you turn on a CTCSS or DCS tone, it gets even worse. I can definitely hear the DCS underneath and the CTCSS affects it also. I'm wondering if anyone else has ever monitored themselves on both 2m & 440 from their HT and noticed much difference in the audio quality? Perhaps mine just needs to be sent in for a good alignment? Perhaps when I get time, I'll post an MP3 of the audio so you can hear it. I don't have another HT to test with right now, so I'm looking forward to hear your results.