If you're not using the beacon network, you should give it a listen. The repeating schedule and power reducing signals are a good tool to see if a band is open somewhere.
I almost threw this out when I got it. But now,I am glad I saved it . I understand this gentleman has recently applied for the vanity call W2BEC (Band Edge Cop). I only hope that in my fading years, I can still enjoy the hobby as much as this guy.