Thanks in advance for reading and especially thanks for any constructive help. I am new to HF and here is my issue: Bought a IC-718 on Ebay - appears to be in excellent condition Put up a Buxcomm Windom Dipole antenna about 50-55ft in a tree. One leg is going to my chimey via a tie down rope (15ft off the ground), Other leg is tied into a a tree (15ft off the ground). Feed line is Coax 213 at 200ft. It runs down the tree, along the ground to the fence and goes into my attic and down into my shack. I have about 15-20 feet of extra line in the attic. I run the antenna into the IT-100 LDG tuner and have a matching 50ohm line (3ft) going to the IC-718. The good: I hear everything nice and clear with just what I can consider standard background noise. I hear conversations on 20M and 40M just fine. The IC-718 SWR meter shows 1:1 to 1:3 SWR on all bands. My mic gain is set to 50, COM is on and everything seems ok with my very limited experience on HF (virtually none). The bad: I can't make any contacts. I have barely made part of a contact with two guys already having a conversation that I was hearing nicely and just asked if I could join, they complained that my audio was going in and out. I have also made another contact that says after my call sign my signal would go out. Output power shows that I am going out at nearly 100%. At first I was thinking that my feed line was causing a drop in power, and I don't have any equipment to test my antenna or a dummy load to test output. I fear that my power is dropping so low that I cant get out. It could also be the radio, or the microphone. Not sure what to replace first or buy to test because funds are limited. Anyone have any suggestions? Anyone live on Long Island that will be willing to act as an elmer and show me the ropes and help me test my setup? I am completely frustrated and losing hope. Thanks Bernard KC2NKL Selden NY bernardhny AT gmail dot com (email me and I will give you my number and maybe we can talk on the phone instead of trading forum posts?