Howdy, so I like the challenge of trying to reach out and touch someone with only 5 watts or less and I have to say that it is truly a challenge! One of my contacts even scolded me because my signal (which he heard and responded to) was weak! (Wow, really?) Anyways I am in the floodplains of Orlando Florida so that in itself is a challenge as there is no real natural high ground to use. My setup is an FT-817ND (no filters yet), running straight off the internal battery and if needed an LDG Z817 Tuner. My antenna choice includes an HFedz end fed antenna cut for 10-160m, a miracle whip, and the Model HF-315 Portable Magnetic Loop Antenna. I also have a Buddipole deluxe that I sometimes use if I go the field. My number one problem is time hacks- I can never get enough time to run out and have some fun so can only do it in blocks of 2 hours or less I have not tried any contesting yet as I am fairly new ham, but would like to try that. I also want to take my setup traveling so I can key from a mountaintop. The plan is to learn code! I think that helps much more to get a contact. I also want to learn about RF spots etc. If anyone can pass me info that would be awesome. Thanks and have a happy holiday season!