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.
I travel to CT on the weekends and the radios come with me. I have some space in the back of my apartment where I can set up my hamstick dipole. I have 20 and 40 meter sticks and have had some good contacts with this setup including logging into both The Brothers Net and The Nightwatch Net. I have thought of setting up my Tarheel II antenna on the mast but I need to set up radials of some type. I will figure that one out at a later time.