I am running about 500 feet of 12 gauge insulated wire from Lowes. I have it configured as a loop up into the tops of my trees. I am using a tuner and have been able to tune it down even to 6 meters.
Just got my fuses I ordered the other day and am going to try and get my Ameritron 811H running again. It has been down for about two years. I am sure it has a serious case of "Arthritis " from lack of use.
I did not know that was the difference in the Mk 1's and Mk II's. No problem as 70cm is a band I am the least want to use as it seems to work best with a directional antenna and I am only using an Omni for that band.My 706 is a Mark I. No 70cM on it. Yeah it performs pretty well for what it is. Mine was purchased from a Elmer, he bought it new.
I am thinking about experimenting more with 6 meters as that is also a band I seldom use...but they say that like 10m...it goes long very nicely when it does.
In my truck and using my FT 100d..I literally have a wire running directly to my battery but have a fuse in it right there close to the battery. I chose not to mess with my trucks fuse box...but install my own fuse in the power line. Ford Ranger.I'm going to try to get radio going in my truck soon. Anybody familiar with the fuse box in a 13 F250? Ran the wires to there through the firewall but not sure what to connect to. I want to bypass all auxiliary power sources and shoot all but straight to the battery.
It's your call.