Sounds good Andy
I think a dipole is the best and simplest system to go, I need to ideally find some telescopic whips that can at least extend to 1.5 metres! Unless of course, I can source some 1m ones then turn some aluminum to make up the rest!
In terms of 10m, I need to get to MG first before I dabble on that, but I will be using a 1/4 wave vertical more than likely. I suppose i could put links in one of those to make it resonant on 6m as well.
I am tempted by FM and SSB, but the beauty of FM is that I have a lovely little Alinco DR-06M which supplies 10 watts on FM, so would get out well from the hills. It’s currently sat in the shack, on a shelf doing sod all. That said the 817 would not be that much of a hassle to take up and gives me all modes including PSK from PSK droid and my smartphone.
Simon - I think it should be alright o suspend it on the outer of a pole, I would buy some 41mm waste pipe and wind the choke round that then cable tie it in place so I can remove the plastic tubing and keep it purely Coax.
I did think about getting some bee hive caps in and making a small coil inside a 35mm camera film tube and making one of these for 6m. Dave M0MYA, a good friend, experimenting with them, but found them tricky due to the narrow band width of thin and lightweight wire that was use for the radiating section
So i think the better bet is the coaxial end fed dipole. I am just pleased to see that people are looking into making their own antenna’s rather than buying commercially available ones.