Wow guys! Thank you for all the input. Lots of things for me to consider. I have been studying the general exam material, and hopefully will go for the exam soon - although, I know there is still a lot I can learn within the technician bands. I guess there's no reason I cant continue to learn what's possible on 2M/70cm while explore the HF world. US7IGN, good to know this gear works for you. How high up are you running your setup? W1VT, I've read that 10M is poor right now. Really, as a technician I really just want to start building stuff to get better at buying stuff, and if I can make a few contacts on 10M, great, while I listen on other bands. WL7PM, I dont think I can do 65' radiators with the property I have, but I guess I never did explain what might be possible for me. I've been watching lots of videos and reading articles on antenna construction, and I think I have enough material to cobble something together - just cant make it 65' on both sides. AA4PB, I could have sworn I read that the RE-20 is a 48V phantom mic, but I very well may have been reading about the wrong model, or about a variant. I did read about icons need capacitors in line to block the 8V for some mics. WB2WIC, With two guys supporting the no 48V, I'm inclined to believe the RE-20 does not need 48V phantom. I am leaning more towards the mti band dipole at the moment. Seems like that gets me the most action for the least effort and will allow me to learn the most. W1VT, The things I read are possible with wire and a few trees really only pushes me more towards the multibrand dipole antenna project. K7MH, Thanks for that info. The brass tubing idea caught me....was that for strain relief? The panel mount also confuses me....the RJ-45 could just plug in to the radio, so was the panel jack a microphone "bus" of sorts with multiple jacks? I think I'm picking up about 50% of what your putting down. Fellas, thanks again. I think I'm sold on the dipole and AH-4 project first, and going for me general exam next. I can always "perfect" my audio with the RE-20 after I figure out what the hell to do on HF! Kinda pointless to have a nice mic when I cant use it to transmit.... As for the handheld yagi and satellite comms, that can be something I keep in my back pocket. That seems like a really tricky thing to do anyway, having to be available at just the right time, with great conditions. Seems thrilling for sure, but hard to get right with such little windows of time to practice.