Gene, during the 5 years it took me to save for the k3, I built a series of antennas until I was confident that I had strung up the best performers I could get by the XYL. I made 7k qsos on a used FT-100D and learned the software.
The learning curve on the K3 is pretty steep, too. Fortunately the FT100D prepared me for a menu-intensive radio, but the degree of flexibility the K3 offers is not mastered immediately -- at least not for me. No one is going to be able to take full advantage of the K3 right out of the box.
I know what you mean about the FT-100D. I own one of those for mobile use. Took a while to 'master' (if that is what you call it
) the menu system.
My XYL is constantly complaining about the antennas I have in the backyard. I'm on just shy of 1/2 acre and have two 40' towers and two 30' telescoping masts with a myriad of other antennas. She is always asking me 'Isn't what you got enough?' to which I ask 'Don't you have enough shoes already?' ..... the couch isn't such a bad sleep