Well it works…
After checking the SWR using the built in meter with the FT897 I can happily say that the antenna seems to like 6m (100w), 2m (50w) and 70cm (20w) and in all three cases with a fairly low SWR.
Tonite I checked into a local VHF SSB net here in Ottawa and managed groundwave contacts on all three bands so I know the antenna is not a dummy load.
Now until we get a busier net or I find a 6m opening I can’t tell you honestly how well it works because everyone I talked to tonight was local to me. I am hoping to get enough of a signal out there on Field day and the RAC Canada Day contest that some of the big gun stations will be out there to hear my popgun signal.
But it was fun building something that actually worked and also did not break the bank for the parts..