I have resurrected my blog, though it will never be as up-to-date as in years past.
I have decided to concentrate on 1 watt QRP...possibly less. Today I worked Italy, Hungary, and T77C in San Marino. This was with one watt from my HW-8.The QSO with Hungary qualified for the 1000 miles per watt accomplishment.
My rig of choice, for now, will be the HW-8. A very quiet, primitive transceiver (by today's standards). Having a one-watt only rig in operation avoids the temptation of going to a full 5 watts.
My FT-817 was back on the desk. I like it's ability to click power output up and down via the pre-set power control.
The FT-817 proved to be too "noisy". Mostly internal, I think. I replaced it with my K1 which has a quieter receiver.