I am mapping out some QRP strategies as the weather gets nicer, taking inventory of my gear and defining some approaches so that I can make effective decisions based upon objectives and parameters. I have defined the following using my existing equipment inventory: Category 1: Naked and afraid Objectives: Minimalist approach modeled after the TV show....easy setup, quick implementation, absolute lowest weight, limited operating parameters Probability of a contact: moderate Use cases: Operating during a break in a bike ride, or quick POTA Equipment: MTR3B rig, pico-paddle, 9V battery, Par end-fedz 20M end-fed half wave antenna Setup time: 5 minutes Modes: CW, 2 watts Operating time at 25% duty cycle = 2 hours Category usage: low (when I go bike riding, I want to get the damn thing finished so I can go back home for a beer!) Category 2: Parks and recreation Objectives: some flexibility in modes and bands per propagation conditions Probability of a contact: high Use cases: Hiking for SOTA/POTA without weight concerns, drive to POTA, general outdoor excursions Equipment: FT-817ND rig, pico-paddle plus microphone, 12V 6AH battery, ZM-2 antenna tuner and 58 foot aerial + 17 foot counterpoise Setup time: 10 minutes Modes: CW/SSB/FM, 5 watts Operating time at 25% duty cycle = 3 hours Category usage: medium, this is a quick and efficient way to operate in the field Category 3: Rock me Amadeus, aka The Full Monty Objectives: maximized capability in modes and bands Probability of a contact: very high Use cases: DXpedition, Field Day, portable ops, work trips Equipment: same as Category 2 plus 17 foot whip with jaw-mount and radial, Elecraft T1 ATU, Elk LP, OCF dipole, SignaLink USB plus small laptop plus AC wall-warts, computer tablet Setup time: Variable Modes: CW/SSB/digital/satellite, 5 watts Operating time at 25% duty cycle = 3 hours on battery, unlimited if AC power available Category usage: medium, when I travel for work I will probably take all the gear with me since it gives maximum flexibility and I will already have PC and power Category 4: Eastbound and down Objectives: weather-proof operating conditions in a vehicle Probability of a contact: very high Use cases: Road trip Equipment: TS-480SAT or FT-817ND, ham sticks, Bencher paddle and microphone Setup time: 5 minutes Modes: CW/SSB Operating time at 25% duty cycle = unlimited Category usage: medium, when I need to drive anywhere that is more than an hour away Category 5: Forest Gump's box of chocolates Mix and match from the four categories above The reason I mapped out these use cases is because I am trying to decide on getting an IC-705. The scenarios with the 705 would be anything but Category 1. With the 705 I would always have digital capability, I could bring along a small tablet for all categories for multiple use cases. I would also have messaging capability like APRS and WinMor. My probability of a contact would be higher with 10 watts with a 12V supply. I am on the fence, leaning towards a buy. But I would need to sell some of the other gear to fund it. Maybe I will try this scenario for awhile and see how I like it.