Things are OK the way they are.
Like someone said, you're gonna have to
pay, and pay BIG TIME for the extra bands, extra modes, higher
power option, wideband receive, waterproof enclosure,
split VFO's etc.
Will YOU pay for that stuff?
Seriously? I doubt it....hams are cheap.
I like my simple monoband, one mode QRP kit rigs.
Though I DO wish more of them had AGC.
(But you can make a crude but effective mod for most.)
Who ,are designing your favorite kits and what do you like best about them?
Radio-Kits in the UK, though they currently only offer
one model.The MKARS80, 80m SSB QRP.
Inexpensive but excellent quality. About $85-90 (depending
on exchange rate) gets you an excellent receiver, built in
LCD fequency display (find THAT in a US kit at that price)
great double sided silkscreened plated through board, super
quality parts, exellent assembly manual, great support and
Yahoo users group, oh yeah, AND an undriled enclosure.$90 USD shipped from UK.
You can't find some sond card interface kits that cheap.
73, Ken AD6KA