I am also forming a strategy for my apartment QRP operation. I'm going to plan to get on the air during the daylight hours when the skip is shorter and the radio waves don't travel quite so far. Maybe this will prove more successful than my attempted night-time calls. I am also making arrangements to try meeting some folks on the air over the next few days. We'll see how it goes! The Kentucky QSO Party is this weekend, too, I think. After I get back from battery shopping on Saturday, I will have to try and work some KY stations.
I'm going to a battery store on Saturday to pick up a 7aH battery for the rig. That ought to provide me enough power for some fun QRP outings with the FT-817ND next year! I'm looking forward to that. Anyone want to come with me out to the hills to work some cw/ssb? Guess I will next have to look for portable paddles!
Finally, I am eagerly awaiting news on the next contest. It's hard to say whether plans will work out, but I hope they do. I feel like I am going through withdraw already. This is a bad sign!