i moved to an apartment and gave up my tribander and wires in 2013. in 2017 i moved into my house, but ham radio wasn't a focus at the time, i wasn't even sure i would return to the bands. last summer i picked up an Elecraft KX2 and Par EFHW trail antenna but wasn't having success with it. i had other projects and work pressures so on the shelf it went. the past few years my interest has been paid to vintage Volkswagen Vanagons. i spent 7 months of 2020 restoring to safe, clean, and fun condition a field find brought home 29 Jan 2020. i've been out camping a dozen or so times with it but didn't make ham radio a part of those adventures. today i setup the KX2 in the Westy feeding a very low EFHW in a V draped over a branch at 8 feet and running down along a stockade fence. i needed to test a laptop i had just got working, it was a friend's and she gave up on it when the hard drive failed. i decided to fix it and use it in my Westy for ham radio logging and to try FT-8. i ran power to Anderson power plugs in a wall socket next to the operating position when i was doing the restoration. the KX2 and maybe a small amp can be powered by the 150aH LiFePo4 house battery. there is ample room for the laptop and KX2 along with an 807 or two on the table top. the table swings into position to make a dining table. i think this will prove to be a great operating position in the coming months. the fridge is easily accessed. i tried FT-8 with no success which is probably more a function of me having zero idea what i'm doing then anything else. i decided to switch to CW and tuned around 20m. there were several EU stations working into New England and the upper Mid West. the CW decoder on the KX2 is perfect for helping me untangle some of the longer special event station calls. i called a few but they had some big pile ups and i was putting maybe 8 watts at best into a very minimal antenna. i tuned up and paused for a weak W5 sending their call a few times with a signal report. LZ305AI came back and i'm not sure what antenna and amp they have over there but their signal was pegging the meter on the KX2. i sent my call and a W1 beat me out, then again but i was bested by a W8. i sent my call and when "WM3O" came back i was pretty excited. i sent their report and thanked them. i'm not sure how meaningful the QSO was to them, but it was special for me. nine years of not being on the bands ended today. today was a great day, a glorious day, it was the start of a fresh log at a new QTH. all those awards, they were earned at the last QTH, i have some work to do. i better get started.