I am about to ship my trusty MFJ949D to W5GTL in South Dakota. I had worked ARRL WAS Mixed Mode #55,400 and worked 48 states QRP and 73 DX entities with that tuner in a short span of 2 years. I have only been licensed as a General Class since April of 2009. My first contacts were SSB with the Kenwood TS830S. I probably worked 2/3 of the 50 states with that radio. I acquired a yaesu FT897D in March 2010 and proceeded to bag a fair number of states using PSK. In October of 2010 I started to use CW as my main operating mode and have been able to get the most difficult states SD and AK using that mode. Since then I operate mostly CW and got most of my DX entities and 48 states using CW and stateside - mostly at 5 watts. Good bye to the old MFJ manual tuner.