I am tempted, now that fall is here (even if the weather is not) to try my hand at qrp portable. I mean, I have the FT-817, all I need is an antenna and a key, and a pad of paper to copy onto. I'm toying with the American Morse PortaPaddle, and the leg strap. Before I go down that route, anyone else try this combo out? I'm thinking, I could make a simple antenna (am thinking of a trapped 40/20 dipole, something simple, no tuner required), strap the paddle to one leg, sit on a rock, copy code onto a small notebook (the goal might be headcopy but I'm a ways from that, and at the least I want to take notes). Put the carrying strap back onto the '817 and let it swing around on my neck. When done, pack everything back into the backpack. ? The Palm Paddle, with its magnetic base, is also a possiblity, and might be a useful key also. My home station uses a metal desk, so a magnetic base would work well for that.