Hello James - I strongly recommend that you join the Yahoo Buddipole Users Group (they call it the BUG for short). There are a lot of helpful people on there, including Budd W3FF himself. Read through the posts first, as many people have asked questions about the homebrew Buddipole in the past.
Here's the url for the the group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Buddipole/
If you post a question about the homebrew Buddipole, you will almost certainly receive an answer from Budd himself, amongst others. If you do, please say hello to him from me, as I have been inactive on the group and on the air for a while now.
Best of luck - you will love the BUG!
AA7EE, Hollywood, California.