We all came down with gastro problems. The YL, sick for a week and her son and I for nearly as long. A serious outbreak here with the local general-practioner doing a lot of running around. Fortunately, we survived but didn't have much holiday cheer.
Her son returns to London Friday and we will be doing some travelling ourselves not long after that.
My last Comet window-pass strip is no more. My fault not the product. So, the Par antenna is inside and wrapped up. I threw out one of the counterpoise wires (33 feet) that came with my Buddistick package. Just to see if I could load it up through the MFJ tuner. Couldn't drop the SWR on 17 or 20 meters. However, it does load on 30 meters. Not the ideal inductance I would prefer, but I am getting about 4 watts output. Worked a few Euro stations including Denmark and Greece with surprising RST reports. As a random wire, I realize it is a tricky antenna, I will get a longer length of wire and see what can be done when I follow my chart indicating favorable wire lengths. I will wait until later to get another Comet. Too much going on right now anyway. I may take the rig with me and operate /p but don't expect any decent contacts. Didn't last year, either.
Downloaded some more reading material into my Kindle. I really, really enjoy using the thing.
Hope you all had a Happy New Year.