I worked summers from through when I graduated from U of A. In my case, mini hamsticks with quick disconnects on mirror mounts was the best compromise, and what has worked out very well so far. Please note that the current at the bottom of the coil is a little higher than the feedpoint current because of the current "bulge" in the middle of the coil. I eliminated the spring and it worked fine. The versions using multiple masts can be installed when the vehicle is parked to increase efficiency of the mobile antenna system on 15,17 and 20 meters. There are 14 items available. Usually, this involves some kind of a tilt-over mount that lets the antenna hide behind the house during the day and be erected after dark.
Said my signal was strong and clear! I picked up the MFJ 80m mini hamstick dipole but haven't used I much since my tripod only got it 6ft off the ground and it didn't come close to my W3EDP end fed when I last tried them out to compare. My first thought would have been to get the cheapest ones I could and think of them as semi disposable. Torroid source Rat shack! With that said hamsticks are very narrow band on 75M even with a tuner.
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I was running about 20 watts with both QSO's. Besides mobile on the car below, I also run "Bicycle Mobile" as of July There are lots of "short" whips available. The hamsticks are a more robust system with some redundancy. I have not used this setup on 20 meters. I like that setup and I will be continuing to us it once stopped.
I think the best of all worlds would be all the the above. Guys with tractor trailers do outstanding on M cuz of the huge ground plane. The upper part of my deck-mounted Hustler whip can be seen in the background. Click for weather forecast Got to post at least one photo of the current Hamshack which is in my basement, co-located in my workshop and a wire runs to the ceiling and out next to AC pipes to ground level outside. Aesthetically, a bit more pleasing than the big open coil 2.