For now, I have pressed the W3EDP into service as "Antenna 2". The Butternut HF9V still remains the primary antenna of choice with the wire as the alternate. When I get more time, I will have to cut the coax back a few feet and will solder on a new PL-259 to see if that makes a difference.
It's always something!
As an aside, I did work OA1/AL4Q on 30 Meters using the Butternut.
72 de Larry W2LJ
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