Well, good morning everyone! Thank you to all who responded thus far, very enlightening...
I have a habit of providing marathon emails, which may bore all of you to death, I apologize in advance. My wife and I are moving, so my new home is a blank canvas for antennas, etc. The sky (and the bank account, oh and the opinion of the YL) is the limit.
I currently have one 2 meter j pole in PVC plastic housing to use with my Motorola MaxTrac 2m base radio. A fellow HAM operator in the area has given me an Isopole which will require some repair, I haven't picked it up from her as of yet so I am not familiar with the issues with it currently.
I recently moved to the Langlois, Oregon (zip 97450) area, and my base QTH exists right at the western base of Langlois Mountain. I will be trying to reach Roseburg, Oregon (zip 97470) as well as Coos Bay (zip 97420) and Florence (zip 97439). Southern transmissions (Port Orford, Gold Beach) seem to be just fine currently using a mobile rig.
Since the house is still being repaired, I do not have any antennas in place for the base station currently. All of the local HAM folks I have spoken with tell me that I am wasting my time with the PVC J Pole unit, so haven't even tried putting it up yet, I really just kind of assumed that it wouldn't be functional (especially with my mobile unit testing results). I have spent many hours trying to work repeaters north and east from the driveway and surrounding neighborhood area via my Yaesu FT-8000R Dual Band with 5/8 wavelength mobile mag mount NMO antenna in one of our vehicles. I have also used the base MaxTrac in my F-150 pickup with permanent mounted NMO Larsen antenna. Both mobile rigs need to be in essentially the same location, just north of Bandon, Oregon (zip 97411) on highway 101 to hit a repeater in Remote, Oregon (details here: http://www.oregonconnection.org/lrepeaters.php?id=41
) which we can easily use to chat and keep in touch (at least we have in the past).
I hope this isn't information overkill for everybody.
I am going to get my general, I know I can pass the test, but with moving lately and some family health issues, my mind has been other places until recently. I have been practicing at QRZ.com.
Again, thank you all for the input. I am encouraged by it and would rather work this with VHF/UHF than with 6 meter, I just assumed (out of ignorance) that 6 meter my propagate better in this terrain that 2 meter.
Have a splendid day!