Let's hope this thread becomes a very popular place for all of us who really enjoy mobile (and portable) operation. I have been operating mobile since 1972, and I have enjoyed it beyond belief. I have gone through more installation iterations, antennas, wiring, transceivers, you name it, than no one could have ever imagined. While I have learned a lot, the one theme which keeps coming to the forefront, is installing your gear, especially antennas, correctly! While just about anything works, died-in-the-wool operators will soon discover that haphazard installations, abbreviated antennas, clip mounts, poor wiring, no bonding, no RFI suppression, and about a dozen other prerequisites, just won't cut the mustard. Bragging about DX exploits, notwithstanding!