. . . is a long, tough trail. A prevailing wind of clouded judgement blows across a landscape strewn with disillusionment, broken dreams and heartbreak. I can't help but think Cormac McCarthy had hams and CB'ers in mind when he penned his apocalyptic novel, The Road. The sad truth is exactly what experienced radio operators have been saying in this and countess other forums since the beginning of time: There is no such thing as the perfect antenna. Period. Why do so many pour souls pay no mind and step off their porch anyway? Easy. The same feeling drives us as drives the countless seekers who scour the country (and world) in search of Bigfoot or a still-alive Elvis. Only to discover the latter is some overweight guy from Blue Eye, Arkansas in a wig and XL white sequined jumpsuit who mostly performs at Saturday night hootenannys and high school benefits. Having made the journey (looking for the perfect antenna, not Elvis), I can try and save those of you on the fence a lot of time, effort and disappointment by reiterating what those-in-the-know have been preaching: Make a list of what you want in an antenna and look for (or make) one that best meets those requirements. Duh. Wish I'd done that a long time ago. But, there's no time better than the present. So here goes. (Remember, everyone's tastes are different. Or we'd all be driving a Chevy Colorado.) 1. Omni-directional 2. Covers 10-12-15-17 and 20 meters 3. Able to tune each individual band 4. Capable of handling 100 watts 5. Somewhat stealthy After a relatively brief internet search, I landed here: MFJ Cobweb - Model 1835 or 1836 (includes 6 meters) Of the five requirements above, the only one the cobweb is iffy on is #5. But if I hang a couple of pair of underwear on it, it should be fine. A lengthier internet search revealed many good articles and reviews. And eventually made me realize, "I have found the perfect antenna!!!" Or, at the very least, one that appears to be a good fit for me. We'll see . . .