Well, the new one just arrived from ML&S, and it is like night and day. What a difference, fantastic job. The mod involves moving that 0 ohm surface mount resistor from PAD 0 (the right one in the image) to PAD 2 (the left one in the image). This enables wide band, and cross band repeat.
Thanks to ML&S who did a great deal on it, arrived early next day, and top quality soldering and mod work !!!! I am well happy 🙂