Hey from NC!
I am interested in seeing your answer to an HF antenna on your rig. I have a 34' 5er, a 2M\440 dual band in the tow vehicle and usually bring a box (not "go") with a 703 plus and a couple wire antennas, a buddipole sometimes gets stashed in the basement. I don't play often when set up, but I have it, and I always have the 2M side parked on '52, throwing a call every ten-fifteen minutes or so. Sometimes I even get a response, especially in heavy (stopped) traffic.
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