I have just acquired a second hand Yaesu FT817ND for portable operation, microwave radio driving and camping holidays and I also plan to start to participate in SOTA activations. More posts to come as I explore this nifty little radio and the Z-match ATU i acquired in the bundle, as well as some useful SOTA apps for iPhone and portable power as I explore.
** an update, last night i connected it to 10m of hookup wire and ran this from the BBQ to the fence (1.5m off the ground) and worked ~250km to vk3flak Bob in Wedderburn. My first foray to QRP! The atu works a treat and im impressed. See the video below for part of the contact.