Sent my way as an unattributed cartoon:
Most likely any one of us has a lifetime project of really mastering the gear we already have in our shacks.
Yet we wait with baited breath to see what the latest and greatest new gear will be shown at Dayton/Xenia, whether the next model transceivers will offer the rumored 0.00001% improvement in some metric that can be measured but operationally matters not at all, or if we just added a MacGyver ABC-123 doohickey that our contest rates will somehow double.
All these promises when we barely know what features our existing gear has built into it, might not have even tried those features out, and pretty much are operating in the “six knob twists from out of the box” mode. That is where we cumulatively have adjusted six or less parameters from the factory fresh state, at which point we falsely declare “that is all you can milk out of this YaWoodCom 99999” as if we had already arrived at maximum performance.
I’ve bought complex transceivers from hams who never learned to operate their purchase, and in one case despite being unboxed to display in a ham’s had never been powered up long enough to make any QSOs. I’ve heard the name “Shack Trophies” for such gear.
It would seem the real challenge is to learn and master running the gear you have.
In self assessment this is something I need to work towards myself.
Some gear I know very well, and others not so much.
Making time to set that right. Are you?