I couldn't have predicted the spin-off effect of the measurements I've made lately on the mcHF.
For many weeks now it has been shelved and the rig-of-choice has been the Apache Labs/laptop on FT8. It will operate CW but no one in their right mind will ever describe it as a CW rig. My main rig, the Flex, will also operate CW, and will do so admirably, but I seldom turn it on.
Actually, neither of these rigs "turn on" - they are booted up, along with an attached computer - a process that
hinders prevents spontaneous, or casual "let me check the bands" operation.
I was in and out of the house today, gathering bits and pieces needed to put up a 30-160m antenna (Monday, hopefully), and had several sessions on CW with the mcHF/Hardrock-50.
DX and ragchews. Ecuador, South Korea, Germany, Cuba and Maine. Dots and dashes, flying. 15 meters open. It felt like the old days.
Convenience should be one of the specs that describes radios. No tethered SDR rig would score high in that category but many of the simplest radios will.