Thanks for the feedback.. You guessed close to what I want to do; I want a portable QRP station that I can "double" as a base station. I'm thinking an FT-817 to start with..
Then I have the pipe dream of getting an Elecraft K2, but w/o the 100w integrated amp(I want the battery and they are mutually exclusive).
Anyway, I figured I should do some projects before thinking about a project as big as the K2. So I figured an amp wouldn't be a bad start..
I was thinking something like this:http://www.communication-concepts.com/eb63.htm
Looking at the circuit diagram, it seems like the RX would be clear... Do you think a kit something like that would give me troubles like you've had?
PS: I just got my callsign today: KB1PYW