It turns out that it was just an annoying operator who worships his Icom equipment only, and talks absolute nonsense about everything else from other manufacturers. I have heard him since talking similar rubbish to others on the bands and actually splurting everywhere with his homebrew amplifier. The likes of an operator as such puts me off the hobby a bit. I have since purchased an Kenwood TS 590SG . Together with the right TX audio and processor settings, and together with an MC-90A microphone, it sounds excellent.