Background - FT-817, CW and SSB, park portable. I own a STL (good for listening not for sending) and a 4:1 balun with tuner for wires. Wire heights are limited by how far up I can toss a water bottle on a rope. After some tooling around, I've managed to find a spot at my local park where my signal seems to get out some - nice unobstructed horizon, down slope to a freshwater lake. It's won me my only two HF contacts, SSB no less, with the random wire up around 20 feet. Both contacts were pretty marginal. Anyway. After Christmas I've got just a few bucks to spend how I like (gift cards!) and am mulling over how to improve my position and reach. To me, it looks like a two-way choice. I can buy or roll my own vertical á la MFJ-1899t or single band variant. Or I can buy or make a way to get my wire higher (crossbow, atlatl, trebuchet.). I know nothing beats a dipole in low earth orbit but by my own soft math it'd be more money for a longer feedline and rope and I've still got to get it up there each time. Your thoughts please!