Following last Fridays weather rehearsal for the end of world or at least Dorsets version I've had to rebuild my fishing pole vertical......yes it went horizontal. Tempting fate I've made the new combination of pole and wooden support a little higher in the hope that I can somehow load the surplus to 40 section of fibreglass pole to use the antenna on 80 too,the support all told is now about 44 feet high so any suggestions there would be greatly appreciated. Back OT and I'm not overly impressed with the SWR on the new 40 metre vertical as according to my MFJ 949E atu the reflected power is about 5 watts shown with a maximum forward power a shade under 80 watts from the radio. I may be going paranoid here but I'm sure the SWR was better when starting with an initially long radiator prior to pruning,probably best at just over 6 MHz and then getting progressively worse as the radiator was brought to resonance at about 7.14 MHz.....during this tuning the radials (mixed lengths) were not adjusted at all. Would I be better starting off again with minimal radials tuned to 40 and tease out the additional wires that may or may not be holding climbers to the graden fence to at least give a level playing field or should I plan on some sort of matching network on what should be a resonant antenna.The radiator (1.5 mm2 insulated wire taped to the outside of the pole) does keep coming out shorter than calculation would indicate should be resonant too. I am researching this online and am presently suffering from too many articles showing some smiling amateur and his 1:1 SWR no tune $5 wire vertical that he just threw into a tree 5 minutes earlier and is now working VK on. If I sound despondent it's probably also where I'm gently weeping into the keyboard after having spent longer trying to tune the antenna than it did to build it,cheers in advance and if you reply Steve am I just seeing an impedance mismatch between 50 ohm coax and the feed point of this antenna and why wasn't it this far out prior to the original vertical blowing over? Thanks in anticipation,Dave.