Took my first shot at QRP from a park at the top of Reseda Bl. in the LA area. I set up a SOTABeams dual band antenna rigged for 40M and checked out the SWR. It was all in the 1.69 or lower range without a tuner. I hooked up my kit QRP-Labs QCX kit 5W transceiver and I could instantly hear all sorts of traffic. I wasn't, however, able to make any contacts. I don't know if anybody heard me but didn't bother replying or whether I just wasn't getting out. I am new and SLOW on CW. Still, it was kind of a magical experience. Great fun!