Frequently, you hear Elmer's always recommending the use of a non conductive mast with vertical antennas. Also, don't run the coax forward and down the mast. I agree with both statements and my analizer agrees. Just about every manufacturer of antennas, though don't mention this. Their instructions just mention the "mast" and usually depict the coax running forward and down the mast. I think I read one manufacturer mention using a non conductive mast. I've read a few that said, if using a "conductive" mast, don't let it stick up past the boom. Well, why doesn't anyone make and sell these "non conductive" masts. I think it has something to do with lawyers. I'm just looking for other options beside my fiberglass shovel handle. I've been looking for a Douglas Fir Closet rod. Most common, are 1-7/8", but I can't find any around here. Found one online, but shipping is prohibitive. I've also thought about using a 4' section of surplus military antenna mast. They also use them to erect cammo nets over equipment and positions. I believe they are 2" and stout. I thought about carbon fiber pipe. The specimens I found online were sweet, but $$$$. My intended purposes for such a mast are only for 6, 2 and 440. If anyone has something better, or an idea, I'd sure like to compile a list of things that would work.