Living in an apt complex .. the antenna is of course the issue. Om here .. really old mam .. temp is 90 degrees outside. If you can help it will save some time in the heat and get you a big thank you. I have no other option the an antenna within 10 feet of shack window. No trees .. no roof access ..rules .. rules ..rules!!! It will be pee poor setup .. I know. A day without ham radio is much like a smoker without cigarettes. So just how short can I run a piece of coax and still get a low enough swr to operate. Yes, I could experiment.. cutting up the feed line .. but really don't want to ruin a good piece 20 ft or so. Cheap .. no .. retired ..yes and living on that income. This is just one ham asking for help from fellow hobbyists. Been a ham a long time and no I do not know it all. I remember when the hobby was full of brothers whose idea was to assist each other. I was hesitant to post this request as so many sites are full of disturbing replies. Used to be each of us were driven to get new blood involved .. especially young people. Never saw a license question referring being snobby or disrespectful. There are plenty of hobbies for that.