I thought you might be running some paydirt you picked up in Alaska through a slucebox looking for nuggets.
I was in the hardware store last week and one of the locals showed me a nugget about 1 1/2 by 2 inches that he found in Mariposa creek.
There are lots of guys around here that hobby pan for gold.
Do tell about the golden rod
The originals are the better ones. I bought two bad to the bone antennas and they have an extra two windings in the coil so now it tunes with the stinger length super short. Bringing the total antenna height down to like 50" vs the original which was 69" if i remember correctly. And it doesn't tune as flat as the original. Oh well, more money in the garbage, literally.
Keep saving...for something else tho!