I made it out to the field to test the linked dipoles I built after your wonderful feedback.
I built a 20/40m liked dipole and even though I only had the V apex about 12' off the ground and at sea level, it worked wonderfully and I was able to make a few phone contacts from New Hampshire to Georgia, Minnesota and Ohio.
So I am confident that on my next expedition I should at least have the potential for some contacts.
What a difference from those hamsticks!!!
Well, I am a newbie after all.
I have built also a 1:1 balun. Nobody mentioned it, so I am not sure if you guys use any, but at least here where I tested it, it seems to help with RFI and keeping it a bit quieter.
If everything goes well I might go out this weekend, I will post an alert this time if I manage the time for an activation, Else I will be chasing some
My overall carry weight is still high, but I cannot afford to LiFe batteries and lightweight SOTABeam equipment yet,, but I have strong legs and It wilk do for now