And, it's been great thus far. I've been able to reconnect with my local friends via APRS.
But, I still have an HF deficiency in the antenna department. The loop I tried out run along my ceilings turned out to be a dismal failure. It does, however, pick up noise like a CHAMP.
With the recommendation of some very nice people from the QRP-L, I tried out a 26' random wire tossed out haphazardly out my bathroom window. And once loaded with the tuner, I was able to call CQ and be picked up by the Reverse Beacon Network.
So, in essence, it's getting better.
Still, no QRP CW QSOs from the new QTH.
I have been looking into an antenna similar to the Barker&Williamson AP-10/MFJ-1622/Airtronix PV-7/SuperAntenna MP1. They are ALL related in that they are a shortened vertical antenna, complete with a coil/wander-lead with alligator clip, and a length of telescoping whip at the top. Some whips are shorter, like the MFJ-1622 at 5.5', and some are longer. In fact, this design is similar to even the Hy-Gain AV-18VS "base" antenna. So, there is a history behind this design. And for my situation, it is about all I can do.
I was planning on installing a PAR EF-10/20/40MkII, but I'm lacking even a nearby support for one end of it...and I doubt that it would perform "as it should" stapled to a low overhang (my building is single-story in height).
I have a warehouse filled with materials to build a copy of this antenna, and Keith WB2VUO even has whips and mast pieces to make the process a little easier. Since I managed to build an eggbeater that was quite sturdy, I'm sure that I can build this antenna in a similar fashion.
Last weekend, I even read a QST article where a ham built one of these, with the exception that he's using it mobile, and in the article it was stated that dimensions aren't critical, since it's the wander-lead-to-coil and the counterpoise that make the antenna resonate.