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OK, so it really comes down to the only real gains are to be made with a system of ground conductors (ground plane) which is kind of what I thought. Just wanted to make sure before I commit to buying materials. I still need to push to build things, but the season for putting up the antenna is drawing very near now, and I really want to have things built before then and ready to go.
BTW, if people are looking for copper pipe Grainger carries 5 and 10 foot lengths of type L rigid copper for about half the price of Home Depot. That shaves about $20 off the price of the antenna on the SStran web site.