I set up my MTR 3 next to my Icom 718 with the end fed antenna on the MTR and my Buddies Pole on the Icom. I could hear signals on the MTR that were below the noise level on the Icom, which has a Collins crystal filter installed. I am still learning CW so I plan on wearing this radio out. I am thinking of using for Field Day next year. Extra points: QRP, Battery, portable, etc.