First off, all the reports of poor quality control on these hold true. The antenna rattled upon removal from box. I removed the twenty screws holding the plastic cover together and found two steel nuts bouncing around loose inside. I quickly determined these were two of the four whose mission is hold the large capacitor in place. Luckily, it was firmly secured by the remaining two so I simply replaced the loose ones and cinched them down right. Upon closer inspection, everything else looked good. I then screwed the cover back together and unpacked the control unit. A good shake revealed nothing loose inside so I decided to leave it be. Options are limited when one wants no tall masts in his/her backyard or wires draped between the house and trees. As I have mentioned before, I loved my Alexloop. But with manual tuning they are not the best choice for hot summers and cold winters. The 1786 has remote tuning. And handles 150 watts. Also, I'll now be able to add a CB to my station without the need of an additional antenna as this one covers 10-30 meters. Am waiting on the tripod I ordered from Solid Signal. It should be here tomorrow. More to come . . . .