Hello all--working on another project and wondering about material for constructing an antenna as described in the title of the post. I would use 8g wire as it fits nicely in the bulkhead connector and I can solder that proper. Copper is a bit flimsy for that length, (approximately 54-56 inches) and I am thinking of sourcing some stainless steel wire that would not be as malleable. I can even tap the end with threads and attach a little 8g ball for a nice little "hat". So my question is: would something like 8g 316L steel wire be an adequate conductor over other choices? Regards and thanks for the suggestions in advance. Jeffrey N6TDG PS. I have a Rim Lite that fits on the back on alinco monobanders. It then attaches to a RPi Allstar node. My plan is to use that system over 6m. I do something similar with 220mhz. I built that antenna with copper wire as it was only about 12 inches long. Its just something to do and something to monitor while around the property or in town. I already have a couple of VX-5's to have an HT that does 6m in case I need to talk to the machine.