Greetings to all on my first thread. Thought I'd post some photos of my tactical Icom IC-703. Looking for a pack to put it in. My inspiration came from looking at mil-surp manpack HF rigs... and the fact I couldn't afford them. I figured, heck, I could make a case for my 703 out of scrap aluminum and and come close to a tactical mil HF rig but without the expense. So here it is... Case made from 1/8" plate aluminum. This will be used with resonate dipole antennas cut for 60 & 40 mtrs in NVIS config for up to 400 mile range. Might make some whip antennas for mountain top ops. The 703 is a QRP rig with 10 watts out max so heat really isn't an issue. It has a built in antenna tuner making it a nice package. When I got it all together the other afternoon I called CQ on 20 mtrs and KB2GZH came back to me and we talked for a good 1/2 hr till the band shifted west. I was running 4 watts. Not bad for an Oregon to Maine QRP contact. Was using my base antenna, 80 mtr dipole up 70' between two fir trees, fed with open wire to homebrew balanced tuner. My all band antenna 160-6 mtrs. I then went up to 17 mtrs and heard UAØFO calling CQ. I answered and he came right back with a 5x7 sig report. Now that's ham radio! So without further adieu... here's the photos.