Finally, my station is up and running. Thanks to a loan from a good friend of mine (while my Icom 7000 in in repair), I have been able to operate the last few days and getting the feeling back on the DX´s.
Granted that I am using an R8 vertical antenna, so far the results have been good. In addition to the regular DXs, I´ve been able to work less normal countries when using a vertical antenna with 100 watts: K6IJ/KH6, PA/A61CK, V51WH, among others.
For most operators this will be no big deal, but for me, getting back on the bands while operating in limited conditions, I am excited.