OK - I'm back yet again
I keep getting interested in other things but always return.
I picked up a used Kenwood TS-480 a couple of years back - never even powered it up. This afternoon I put up a W5GI Mystery Antenna about 40 feet up between trees. Fired up the rig on 20 and got an immediate reply and 5X9+ from southern Italy. I can't get the antenna to load on 40 or 80, tried 12 and one call cut through the pileup and nailed Cook Island with another 5X9+. I'm psyched! My last HF rig was a TS-930 with a TL-922 amp and 3-element beam. I expected results from that but am amazed by 100 watts and a wire antenna.
I'll eventually figure out why the lower frequencies won't load but, for now, it's great to be back on the air.