Google was my friend. I found it on HRO as well: http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-005834 Because there are question marks next to the stores means the availability is low or nonexistent. Since the radio is discontinued I suspect it will be very hard to find what you want.
The reason for the odd frequency is that it is in a newer band plan of splinter frequencies. You won't get that frequency exact because of the step which the FT60R does not incorporate. Many modern scanners do that split, but not the FT60R. You'll just have to go with what the radio is capable, which is the next closest frequency. The frequency is of narrower bandwidth, but it will work fine just off frequency.
I would get both a beam and the omnidirectional antenna. I have done this in the past and had great success. I had a friend I would communicate with on 2 meters simplex every morning using an 8 element beam 15 feet up and pointing in the general direction that he traveled and was able to work him with 10 watts out to around 25 miles. it wasn't a solid signal but with a bit of height I'm sure we could have carried on a solid contact out to about 40 miles.
I only lived in a duplex and couldn't get the antenna up high and it was only up for short periods of time to keep the landlord happy. With rooftop mounting on any average house, you can reach out and have solid contacts for many miles depending upon terrain. I only have at present a mag mount Larsen on the air conditioner at 10 feet and I need to get an antenna up higher to get my Echolink RF link up on a full time basis, something I'm planning to do this summer.
Get an omnidirectional antenna for the initial contact, then aim the beam and have a blast.
What I find most disgusting is when a DX station is operating split, and he is clearly saying "up" or clearly stating "listening" on whatever frequency, there are many who just aren't hearing the station clearly, and also can't remember what frequency their license allows them to operate on. There are those who also still don't know how to set up their radios split VFO function.
Does your tuner have a balun in it? You really don't need a balun if it has an internal balun. And if you feed with open wire or twinlead you really don't need one, just attach it to your balanced wire connections on the tuner. You will need a good station ground, which I would hope you already have. Good luck in your construction, I love building antennas.
I also operate from an apartment. I'm on the second floor and use an off-center twinlead fed 60 foot wire. No it's not a windom. The best groung I have is thru the electrical wiring of the building. I connected a wire using a spade lug to the body of the electrical box in the wall to a similar connection to the tuner (MFJ945C) and one to the radio (IC751A) and have no problems other than too much RF for my computer to handle on 20 meters. I do get into my computer speakers on other bands but this is due to close proximity of the two, only a foot away. My wire antenna is only 15 feet high and works great, despite being against the building. I can work coast to coast on 17 during the day and 40 meters at night. This is just an idea of what I have going on here. Hope you find it's not too hard to get a decent ground.
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