Hi Bob, I was too narrow in my original reply and focused on the DX. The Museum Ships weekend and other special event stations are always fun (and educational). Another good one coming up July 1st - 7th is the 13 Colonies special event. (http://www.13colonies.net/). Along with DX I also keep an eye out for 3 letter call signs which are special event stations here in US. International special event stations are harder to figure out..but I have found that some international special event stations use longer than normal call signs (e.g. >6 letters/numbers) Another link you want to include in your browser's favorites is http://www.contestcalendar.com/. It lists many up-coming contests around the world, as well as State QSO parties (for chasing WAS, or counties in each state.). FYI...there is the ASIA-PACIFIC SSB SPRINT on June 9th. In boater's vernacular I suspect you have a case of 2 foot-itis. Meaning, I suspect you got bit by the bug and you want to upgrade, but with limited budget you are looking for a quick fix to satisfy your new passion for chasing signals. My advice is to stick with what you have for now. I used a homebrew inverted G5RV for a year before putting up a KIO hexbeam which has worked pretty nice for my second year but is limited to 20 meters and above, so I still have a homebrew 40/80 trap wire dipole and an end-fed half wave wire antennas stretched across the yard. So, why do I say stick with what you have for now? Because I just invested in a 60 ft. tower, and a SteppIr DB36 antenna that I will put up in a month or 2. If I would have waited a few months I would have realized the hexbean (although a nice antenna) was not my dream antenna configuration. Honestly, I knew it at the time, but I wanted a reasonably priced directional antenna to throw up on the roof while I saved my pennies for the tower system. In retrospect, I could have saved several hundred dollars by waiting another year and been that much closer (money wise) to my dream transceiver. But, after dropping a load money on the tower and antenna, I'll continue to use my Icom 7410 with AL811H amp, and Elecraft K2/100 and wait another year or so to get my dream transceiver...an Elecraft K3s setup (unless I can convince Santa to be really really good to me this year. So, basically what I am saying is get some more experience and time under your belt with your current rig. Read a lot of blogs, forums, magazines, etc. and take some time to really figure out what type of antenna system you can put in your yard, and what transceiver system has the bells and whistles you want and is within financial reach. Also, one final thought...if you really are hell bent on upgrading...for SSB work, in my opinion, your biggest bang for the buck would be a good antenna and amplifier and wait on upgrading your transceiver.