Couldn't agree more. I am not a computer nerd so don't like to waste a lot of time getting a program or cable to work. Have tried "free" software and various cables, and yes I may get them to work after numerous failures. I have not had problems with RT software for Wouxuns, Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu [haven't tried Alinco yet]. Just recently tried free Wouxun software and all this did was scramble everything. Downloaded RT for $25 and had 500 memories programmed in a quarter of the time for the free software. Have and still use RT for FT-60. Have created a number of saved frequencies with the only difference being the preferred memory scan different depending on where I am going. Just download these in about 2 minutes. And with 999 plus frequencies and band edge scanning, the RT does not require entering both a transmit and receive frequency. As with the CCR, you generally get what you pay.If you are just going to program it once, then if you get the free programmer figured out, you'll be fine. But, if you change frequency's somewhat often, spring for the RT programming disc and cable, it's so darn simple, fast and always works without any problems. The cost is not great and to me, time is money and the RT system is excellent. It's so easy to add or delete a frequency and change things at will, it's worth every cent.
73's John KF7VXA