I went to activateTrooperstown Hill (EI/IE-035) yesterday, but to my horror, when I was setting up on the summit, discovered that I’d left my mast in the car. It was a 30 minute or so climb, so it would take an hour to get back with the mast. No trees or any supports on the summit, but luckily I had brought walking sticks, so rigged up a 20m end fed wire at about 1m height between two sticks.
I shudder to think what the radiation pattern was like, but it was enough to get the job done. 6 QSo’s on 40m and 3 on 20m.
So, all is not lost if you dont have a mast !