A full 80 meter loop skywire works wonders close in on 80 meters at night. You can expect great performance out to about 1000 miles at night. You need a vertical for long haul also at night. We use a Butternut HF2V antenna with a homebuilt remote tuner on the antenna mounted on a roof top about 35 feet off the ground. An above ground radial system is strung out under it. We get a 1/4 mile roll of aluminum electric fence wire to build the ground system. It extends out from the base of the antenna like a spiderweb. We put up at least 10 full 1/4 wave radials for each of the two bands covered, 40 and 80 meters. The wire is so cheap that we just throw it away after the contest. A roll will last about 5 years. If you have ever used a vertical on 80 meters you know the bandwidth is very limited, around 100 KHz. We built the remote tuner to solve that problem. A small control box at the transceiver will tune the Butternut up on the roof fast and easy so that you can QSY to any part of the 75/80 meter band and have a very low SWR at the operating frequency. I have an article on the Butternut remote antenna tuner at http://n4zou.homestead.com
if your intrested in building one, it's very simple. We have also put up 2 and 3 element wire yagi's on 40 and 80 meters. As we are located in Alabama we just point them north west and let it rip. Only thing about this is getting the three wire elements up in the trees just right. That is the reason we went to the Butternut vertical and 80 meter loop. Simple and fast setup.