Hello again !
Thanks for all the responses ! I have decided that the best antenna for my situation is the Anttron Mod. #1700. This antenna once tuned is slightly less than 6 feet tall. Most 11 meter fiberglass whips are 3 or 4 feet in length. They will work by trimming them down but as I was saying, I wanted as much antenna above the bed as possible but not over 6 feet total length from the bumper mount to the tip. The Anttron #1700 has a fiberglass helical section at it's base which is only 2 feet long. A 4 foot SS whip top section is slid in the fiberglass sections tip and pruned for the desired frequency. I'm told the #1700 is broadbanded compared to the "Hamstick" for 10 meters. Anttron went out of business, not due to bankruptcy or anything like that but due to it being a family ran business and a member was lost, so I'm told. The tooling and machines to build Anttron antennas were bought by a company in Oklahoma. They are now producing all new Anttron antennas and I'm told they are developing new ones, like the "Hamstick JR.", a 6 foot long version of the "Hamstick" (7 foot) antenna. I ordered a #1700 antenna direct from them and should have it before the end of the week. Thanks again to all that posted or emailed me on this subject. I am still going to experiment with a wire antenna under the fiberglass lid when I get the time.
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73's and HAVE FUN HAMMING !!
Somerset, PA http://anttron.tripod.com/id2.htm
6 FT. OF TALK POWER
2 FT. OF 3/8 IN.O.D. FIBERGLASS ROD WITH A
4 FT. .125 STAINLESS STEEL WHIP
ADJUSTABLE FOR LOWEST S.W.R.
WOUND WITH #14 WIRE FOR FULL
LEGAL LIMIT ON THE HAM BANDS
TUNES 26-29 MHZ.
3/8" X 24 THREAD
COLORS: BLACK, WHITE
OR BLUE OR RED
MADE IN THE U.S.A.
The New Anttron company is now K& E Electronics
Oklahoma City, OK Tele: 405-947-2891
BTW: MARKJ , CQ magazine has an article about tuning fiberglass 11 meter antennas to 10 meters (May Issue) I'm told.