The trap assemblies on these antennas are thin and can dent and freeze and split. I have had this antenna for just over 12 months and all I can say is it works very well. I agree with the gentleman above about ground radials. Once you adjust one trap, check all bands before deciding to recalibrate other traps. Readjusting antenna resonance is easy.
Other Ham Radio Equipment Condition: This can be easily done by winding around 10 - 15 turns of coax on a 4" former, fastening with plastic wraps or tape and then removing the former so that the coil is air wound. United States Compatible Brand: Post by iambrian Depending on soil quality and Hustler being mounted near the ground a decent earthing system would benefit radiation and reduce ground lose. Exclusive trap design makes Hustler traps ultra stable and dependable.
United States Compatible Brand: Being down a couple S units only really matters when signals are weak. However, the Butternet HF6V vertical antenna is known to last decades of ownership thanks to the quality of the materials. If you follow K7MEM's advice, and you need to keep things at ground level, I will offer this one piece of advice: I don't disagree with you about Comet. More radials are better but you can't do much better than with radials.
This antenna performs well in restricted space areas. Say they are working the world with it. You cannot go wrong with this critter. The 5-BTV is designed as a self-supporting vertical to provide optimum operation in the 10, 15, 20, 40 and 75 or 80 meter bands. However, trap adjustments produce a rapid frequency change with a slight movement of the trap sleeve.