I forgot to mention that I finally got a call & email back from tech support on the MARS mod and some answers to other questions. The standard MARS mod is already published on mods.dk, although I'll take a few better "how-to" pictures and post them.
I asked about a post on eham stating that this radio is capable of continuous coverage from 100Mhz to 1.5Ghz. Tech support said that the radio IS technically capable of doing this but they had no information out of Japan on how to do it, other than if you are capable of writing assembler code, you could do your own firmware update enable it. They also said that there was some danger in doing this as they felt that some of the components may not be capable of handling TX for very long on certain frequency ranges. Interesting.