Thanks Dave! I currently have a 5/8 wave 2m/70cm mag mount antenna from years ago when I bought my first two ICOM db’ers, like I said it took some time for me to finally get to pursue this. Picked up a used Yaesu ft-2600 along with a power supply and got everything hooked up in time to tune into the net this evening. Tried checking in four different times on three different power levels from Newcastle, someone heard the last three of my call, but net control could not hear me. Figured out I’m having a mic connection issue and was losing connectivity in the jack, and also appeared to be getting higher than desirable SWR (1.8). I was hoping to get a confirmed contact but enjoyed listening in all the same! Got some work to do this weekend to the base rig and hope to be on the net next week!