Thank you, Carl. I'm wondering if you would have seen the same results if your ground was different. I seem to recall that the ground at your QTH could almost be called an insulator. Not really knowing what I was doing, I played with different grounds under a Beverage in EZNEC just now. There was a significant decrease in loss (or, depending on how you look at it, an increase in gain) by lowering the ground conductivity. And of course, QRP works sometimes, too.