In reply to MM0FMF:
I have Carolyn’s design before, but it was still worth another look
A very good design & well contructed too!
In reply to the original poster, 80m in summer, in the daytime is a bit of a challenge, even with 100 Watts.
On activations, I have mostly used a 7m telescopic fibreglass pole to support my 80/60/40 link dipole at about 6m, using three guy lines at the top of the bottom section of the pole about 1.1m above the ground, assisted by walking poles at each end of the dipole to keep the ends of each leg as far off the ground as possible. This arrangement works fine but I haven’t used 80m much recently as conditions have been so poor.
Since I have started dabbling with 160m, I use a different arrangement, which I actually find easier. I use what was originally an 11m carbon fibre pole with the centre of what is now a 160/80/60/40 link dipole supported in the centre at 9m AGL & fed with RG58 coax. I only use one back guy line to keep the antenna aloft after first pegging out each leg of the dipole & then raising the pole. As before, I still use fully exteded walking poles at each end of the antenna to keep the ends of the dipole as far off the ground as possible.
This is quite a strurdy arrangement, but if using a telescopic pole you may have to make allowance for the extra vertical force on the joints of the pole, which could lead them to collapse. The carbon fibre pole I use is of the slot together variety so any vertical force will only force each section together more, rather than force them into each other as with a telecopic pole.
I tried twice to get decent video of my 160/80/60/40 link dipole in use, & I think this video is the clearest, although my other video from two weeks earlier also gives you an idea of what I now use on HF/MF.
I now normally only use a Yaesu FT817ND, so with only 5 Watts available it is handy to have more than one band to use, hence in your position I would aim for having links to enable at least 40m operation, & if you can do, but haven’t done so yet, apply for a 5MHz NOV. The 60m band sits in a very useful part of the spectrum & is superb for low power portable operation in my opinion.
Good luck with 80m