I now have a respectable station... HF: -Homebrew triband Vertical (built from an old Antron 99 CB antenna, some wire and a old coax) -Wilson SY-33 3 element Triband beam -about 14.5 feet long boom -nearly 30 feet wide on each of the 3 elements _So far it's held up find in very strong winds(30-40 mph) For 6m or 50Mhz I took some scrap aluminum and PVC, this allowed me to build a 2 element Moxon, around 5.5dbd of gain and 25 DB front to back ratio... it's about twice the size a 6m square halo antenna... I have worked stations over 1000 miles out on this antenna. The best part is that the antenna has a 50 ohm feed point at resonance without using a matching device and weighs almost nothing with less than a 0.75 square foot wind load For 144Mhz (weak signal, not FM repeater work) JD (a local HAM) gave me a Cushcraft 11 element beam, it works great... I have managed contact as far as 354 miles... and normally see 80-100 miles As for 432Mhz (70cm weak signal) I recently installed a M2 28 element yagi from W0HPY... he works at Johnstone and when I came in to the store, I met him and he gave me a bunch of antenna parts, this yagi was in the bunch of parts... the elements were bent and the boom was twisted and bent... Lee (another local HAM) and I fixed the boom and then I got the antenna on the air... Also a few fellow HAMs came by to help my sure up the mounting system for the VHF/UHF stack All of these are double lagged into at least one stud, with 19 lag bolts, 4 u bolts and 1 hose clamp... I dont think this antenna stack is going anywhere... All together the project consisted of the following: - 1 Hygain Ham IV rotator and controller - trade - 1 older CDE HAM IV rotator and controller - traded for (2) two 150 foot runs of RG6u with PL259 ends - 120 feet of rotor control line, half of this was given to me by a very generous HAM, the other half traded for some HAM radio labor - nearly 200 feet of LMR 400 , FREE from a couple local HAMs - misc mounts for free from the Direct TV guy - Wilson SY33 triband beam, $150 - misc hose clamps $15??? - 65 feet of RG-214u (for the triband HF beam) - 3 sticks of all thread, nuts, and washers $10 - misc nuts and bolts, $10??? - Diawa CS-201 switch (with fancy gold N connectors) random trade While finishing up I managed to cut myself when a hose clamp snapped and blood was rushing out... by the time I got off the roof there was a trail of blood from the roof, to the back deck, to the breakfast nook, to the kitchen, I was a little worried at first... but hey it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, then it's just awesome!!! By the time I got to the kitchen sink to wash the gash, there was a river of blood following me... I bandaged it up, got another drink and got back on the roof I want to thank everyone that helped make this happen What's Next? Well I have a 7 foot aluminum boom (1.62" tapering to 1.5") and a 19 (20?) foot aluminum boom (1.25" tapering to 1") I was debating between a 6 element 6m beam built on the 19 foot boom or a 3 element 6m beam built on the 7ft boom and a 14-18 element on the 19 foot boom??? - 73 to all, I hope to hear you on the air!!!