In March 2012 I was invited by Shun (KE7UBS/JE1RIV) of the Boston University Amateur Radio Club, to help with some antenna work on the roof of the Photonics Building at Boston University. The view was fantastic though it was starting to get rather cold. While I was up there I happened to have my HT in scan mode and picked up a station It was the Derry NH repeater. From the roof of the building, I was able to speak with some of the users of that repeater using my rubber ducky and 5 watts output. Just goes to show you that getting the antenna high up is a good thing.
In Early March of 2012 I decided to test out a portable setup. This consisted of my Yaesu FT 857d, my Hamstick Dipole, and a battery. Shun Otaka (KE7UBS/JE1RIV), who is a student at Boston University came along. He is also
a member of the Boston University Amateur Radio Club. He did laugh a little bit at my dipole but I told him it would work just fine. In very short order I had a contact in Croatia at got a 5.9 report. I then turned to microphone over to him and he was able to contact the same station. I was running at 100 watts output and the other station was over 4000 miles away. Needless to say, Shun was able to see that this antenna does, in fact, work. Adding some height but setting up on the top floor of a parking garage at Boston University helped quite a bit.