There is no way an ATAS will have 10% efficiency on 40 meters. It is hardly that on 20 meters!
Agreed! I've heard lots of HAMS rave about their "perfect match" screw driver antennas... yet, they can't seem to hear much of anything. Same goes for base loaded, ham sticks and these super-duper compact mobile antennas. My personal experience on a barefoot mobile is center loaded, center mount, thru-the-roof. Install a quick disconnect if you need to, and run it through an insulated cross-rail for added support, if you need to.
As far as the wife.... a nurse huh...? could probably do surgery in the dark - while you're sleeping... careful.
On the other-hand, she needs to get her "ticket" and into the hobby. That's the game-changer.This week.... I'm drilling 2 holes through the roof on a brand new 2011 Subaru Forester, KJ4ADQ is wondering what's taking so long!
Life is good when you share the same hobby.
Using NMO for the UHF/VHF antennas, a 90 degree 3/8" stud (insulated washer) for the HF antennas (quick disconnect, home brew, center loaded whips)
KJ4ADN - Bill