I sent a longer reply via PM, but the sort answer for those playing along, I found the IC-7300 very easy to get on the air operate. I connected power, coax, did a quick mic gain check and called out CQ. I used the radio with 98% of the settings at default for about 4 weeks before I started tweaking settings to further refine things. The tweaks made operating even more enjoyable as they suit my operating needs/wants, but even before that I was pleased. I just took the time to learn what I wanted and then it was very easy to fine tune and grow into.