Todd, a bit late (by 3 weeks or so by the look of it)
My opinion.. there's nothing wrong with buying a nice radio, after all, that's the "user interface", the bit you can play with in the middle of the night, the knobs and dials to enjoy. I have an FT1000MP with a couple of dipoles. I don't see why my antenna should represent a boat anchor.
But readers might like to check out http://www.hamuniverse.com/multidipole.html
which I am building. Currently I have a G5RV wrapped around the attic in a "Z shape" configuration together with a separate 20 meter dipole built from mains electrical cable which handles DX very well!
I wonder if this will help?