Well I finally broke down and bought an HF rig! Found a used FT-450 on qrz.com, along with a nice LDG autotuner! This week I got my shack set up, antenna installed, and have already mad some great QSO’s – even DX’d already! Sardinia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and even nabbed my first IOTA with a Dog Island, FL QSO. So happy I am finally able to get lost in this hobby!
I am also quite surprised at the performance of my antenna. It’s an 18′ vertical I got on the cheap (S9v18) and it’s mounted on a chain link fence, which I am currently using as my ground since I don’t really have any room for radials. Getting consistent 5/9 reports so I must have done something right!