I'm currently enrolled in the CW Ops Academy and it is going pretty good. My copy speed could be better, but I'm getting there. I'm looking for a transceiver to fit a very specific niche. I've got a fairly solid list of criteria I want to meet and have found a handful of transceivers that fit the list. I'm planning on doing lots of Parks On The Air and other portable operating with it. Small. Something I can throw in a shoulder sling pack and go. Inexpensive. It IS going to get beat to hell. I want something that if I break it, I'm not going to have to save up for 6 months to replace it. Money is super tight. Trying to stay under $300. Minimal soldering/assembly. Able to run off of small batteries like 18650 or a AA pack. Again, trying to keep size and weight down. I know this limits me to QRP, but it is CW... CW and QRP go together like peas and carrots. Built in keyer a plus, but not necessary. Multi band a plus but not necessary. I'm going to be operating during the day. That means I'm going to be spending most of my time on 20m. I wouldn't mind having other bands available, but I can make due. The list of transceivers I've narrowed it down to that fits my list: MFJ 9020 Youkits EK-1C Ten Tech Rebel 506 I am open to other suggestions, as long as they meet the above criteria.