I must admit that it was quite thrilling to be walking about with my very own radio strapped over my shoulder. It was also weird to think that the same rig that lets me operate 20 meter CW also let me pass traffic for the public service event over the local repeater. I have my feet in two different worlds; and similarly, the radio has its dual VFOs split between the two.
I really want to take the radio on a hiking trip now, especially with fall approaching. That would be lovely.
In the meantime, here's what my apartment station looks like now. The shelf has made a big improvement. On the shelf from left to right are: the antenna tuner, radio, and keyer. The key is below the shelf and the power supply is in the back corner now. The colorful chart on the desk reminds me which frequencies I am licensed to operate on.