I have used an LM354 crankup for some 15 years with loading wires for 80, 75
and 160 on the three corners.
It worked fine in north Texas with two(yes 2) radials and even better here
in southeast Texas with 32.
My signal seems to compare favorably with the other W5's around and have had
no trouble with any sort of intermittent contacts either on receive or
Suggest you try to load it as-is and check the results before getting into
an elaborate cage building exercise.
Would be glad to discuss in more detail off the reflector.
73 Don K5AQ
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