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I looked at your antenna pictures and I have a few questions that may relate to performance.
1. It’s hard to see in the pictures. I see a bunch of insulated wires laying on the ground around your antenna. Are they the radials? Radials must be bare copper wire buried at least a few inches underground. The longer the radials are, the better ground contact you will get. Also, one or more 8 ft. ground rods driven into the ground will help you get contact with moist soil deep down.
2. Does your coil have taps? Taps allow you to fine-tune the inductance to resonate with your antenna pipe capacitance.
3. I don’t see a way to adjust your antenna pipe height. This is an important feature for this type antenna. Tuning is very critical. A tapped coil will get you in the ballpark, but you must have a way to fine-tune the antenna capacitance (adjust the height) to get absolute resonant peak.
You may want to consider elevating the antenna as high as feasible for you to get better performance. Whatever you decide, remember you must be able to access the antenna for tuning in its final position.