Thanks! I've had that suggested by a couple folks now. The problem for me is that the coil area would still get hung up on the low branches. I've recently found a 1/4 wave whip that I think I'm going to give a try. Wont have quite the range, but I'll carry both for those times when I need as much range as possible.I've had good luck putting a large diameter section of heat shrink over the coils and shrinking it down. It won't shrink down enough to seal water out, but it will help keep things from getting stuck in the coils.