I'm still working on purging much of my shack and downsizing, focusing on a more portable perspective. Several months ago, I purchased another addition to my portable antenna arsenal, that being a TRX-80 vertical antenna. It's small and should allow me to operate without a tuner on most of the bands, 40 and higher. If the bands are favorable, it should yield a few QSO's with any luck. I have yet to connect it to a transceiver but my goal is to use this with my Yaesu FT-857D at 100 watts or less. With NPOTA in full swing, I need to get working on getting on the air from the office (Crater Lake National Park) for National Parks On The Air (NPOTA).
With the winter weather of the last several weeks, I've spent more time with my snow shovel than I have in ages. Having had a few extra days off has allowed me to wade my way back into the shack and turn on the rig for a few hours. I found it easier to stay in my shack while living in Alaska during the winter months when the temperatures would plummet to -30F or colder. Not that same issue here, so my shack time has decreased dramatically. Having a 100% indoor setup that's QRP also does not draw me to the shack, but it's here when I need my CW fix.