More testing was done today. The weather was a bit cold, but I did more antenna work anyway.
Below are pictures of the antenna in a configuration much like I will use in the field. I called CQ on all 3 bands then checked the reverse beacon network to see where my signal was heard. My transmit power was only 500 milliwatts...
This is a keeper, stealthy, strong, and works... thanks LNR...
this is the high end support - a 20' fiberglass crappie pole
This is the matchbox end, just outside the shack window... (maybe 8' off the ground)
Here is the combo trap/winder.... barely visible (middle of picture)
Here is a snapshot of the Reverse Beacon Network...notice a station in the 7th call area heard my 1/2 watt signal at 21 db / snr ..