I use a KX3 at home with a random wire running from my garage to my house, 15'-20' off the ground. The wire is a length of #16AWG TFFN left over from a spool at work. I installed a few pieces of ground rod spaced about 10' apart (the sphere of influence on a ground rod is about 4' so spacing them closer than 8' makes the second worthless) and a #6 solid copper conductor to a ground bar for my equipment/RF ground. With this setup I can reach PA and MA from Seattle. On the road I use either the KX3 and a Buddipole. I've been fiddling with the Buddipole and have a few different ideas that I'll try out when it's a bit warmer.