Not really a write up but I was sure where else to post it. I ordered a bullet shaped antenna off E-Bay for 5 bucks. Had to drill and tap it for a 5/16 thread and throw a set screw in it. I'm pretty happy with the way it looks and it was super simple. Thought you guys might like it too.
I am in the "city", I expect it might not be to good out in the sticks. So far I haven't noticed a difference in town. I'll keep you guys posted, I'm gonna run over to my Father's place at some point this week and he's out in the country.