I wasn't able to run a really long session last night but the few QSOs I managed were satisfying in a few ways:
- The SWR seemed steady while transmitting.
- When tuning the antenna using an analyzer at the rig end of the coax I'm able to realize very close to 1:1 SWR.
- I made my first DX contact of a significant distance and crossed the North Atlantic Ocean when I responded to a CQ from F5TTI in Vermelles, France. F5TTI has some fairly impressive antennas so I think that had a lot to do with pulling my signal out of the aether ... I'm still calling it a win though :-)