I’ve been primarily working 30m for the last few years. I’m not sure why I like this band so much, but I think its because I can make contacts just about any time I get on the air, and there is no contesting and high power users to fight against. I’ve made many DX contacts while working gray line and find this is my primary time to get on the air. I use an Elecraft KX2 and various other QRP dedicated rigs. I’m mostly out in nature and found that I frequently use a vertical wire and 16 counterpoise/radial wires when I set up camp. This configuration has worked great as a field expedient setup and I was wishing I had a dedicated vertical at the secondary QTH for 30m. I’m staying here while remodeling in hopes to rent it out in the future. I figured if I could build a dedicated 30m vertical in my smallish backyard that I’ll probably start working digital on 30m and get serious about DXCC or WAC, WAS, etc while relaxing in the early morning and evenings. So, I did just that this weekend while on COVID-19 lockdown. I wanted the center frequency right around 10.125 MHz so I could cover my favorite CW frequency of 10.118 MHz and the digital area around 10.137 MHz... The antenna consists of 14AWG THHN and about 28 feet of RG-8X that I had laying in the workshop. I used a sotabeams 10m fiberglass mast and duct taped it to a steel pipe that I cemented into the ground several months ago for my Ciro Mazzoni Baby Loop. Ive recently moved my Baby Loop and FTDX-5000mp to my primary QTH so I needed something decent for QRP work while staying and remodeling at this house. I used a ground rod that was already in the ground at the base of the mast to connect 16 radials that started out at 23’ 3“ so I could tune the antenna to get the least reactance. My radiating/vertical element started at the same length. I busted out the soldering station and soldered the center conductor of the RG-8x to the vertical element and a pigtail from the ground rod to the braid on the RG-8x. I laid out my 16 radials and used lawn staples to hold them down. Everything is soldered and the only connector is at the rig being a PL-259 with BNC adapter for the KX2. I will solder the radials to the ground rod clamp after Easter when I pick up my torch and solder from the primary QTH. Once I had the antenna set up I went inside where I ran the RG-8x thru a window feed to my station. I used the MFJ-223 and took some readings. My resonant frequency was around 9.292 MHz so I went out and cut a few inches off of each radial then I trimmed the vertical element down about 6 inches. This landed me at 10.119 MHz with zero reactance and a 37 ohm impedance. The SWR is right at 1.35:1 throughout the entire band with just a bit of reactance starting at 10.118 MHz going down and zero reactance from there up through 10.150 MHz. This was a good feeling to see that I’d been successful on the first cut and didn’t have to go back and forth all day. So, in summary I have built the most efficient antenna that Ive ever used unless there are significant ground losses. But, I tested my newly built joy on WSPR at 250mw and was heard in England and in all directions over the USA. During Gray Line, I checked on Reverse Beacon Network and called CQ with 1 Watt and I was heard from 8 - 12 dB by stations in Illinois, Virginia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Vermont, and Utah. I was happy to have that report and it seems that I’m not having significant ground losses from using the ground rod. I was worried about that because I’ve been told by some that a ground rod connected to the radial system would introduce significant ground losses. It has actually made a good difference in S/N ratio, where I had a lot of noise before using the ground rod and less after, with signals remaining about the same. I run my KX2 with AGC off and RF gain at around -5 to -10 most of the time and I can copy many stations that I couldn’t copy with other antennas even though the vertical is a noisy antenna by nature. I’m hoping to build a dedicated receive antenna to mount on the eaves of the roof outside a half wavelength away so I can pull in some weaker stations and start utilizing the vertical for its intended purpose...as a dedicated 30m transmit antenna. For now its pulling double duty and doing OK, but once I have a decent receive antenna I think I’ll be in high cotton. I’ll try to attach pics if possible. They show the antenna in my backyard and the analysis after finishing up. I may try to get that tiny bit of reactance on the lower end out by making a few more adjustments but its working FB for now. I primarily work 10.118 MHz and up, especially if I plan to work digital soon. I’m wondering what I should do for the receive antenna. It needs to be small and dedicated to 30m! Any suggestions are welcome!