Ok, like we see in classical army photos on a jeep or tank where the whip is bent back and tied down for clearance purposes. Well, yes it would probably be better than a vertical whip. However, keep in mind that what you are really creating is an Inverted L antenna. Modern antenna analyzer programs have made it quite clear that Inverted L's radiate primarily from the short vertical portion and NOT from the longer horizontal element. Their pattern is still primarily low angle, vertically polarized. Not optimum for NVIS propagation. However, with a little tinkering, you could play with various configurations and see if it would improve YOUR particular setup. I don't want to discourage your ideas! Technicians approach (practical) -Bend your antenna back -Or, twist on some wire to the tip of your whip and run it horizontally. Compare signal strenghts on Tx or Rx. Engineers' approach (theoretical) -Use EZNEC or other program to model the original screwdriver ant. -Model various configurations modified, e.g. bent back, wire horizontal extension of various lengths -Compare! No need to "Debate" performance when you have hard numbers!