Actually I had planned to not bring it up again, but your dad's words tempted me, and "I can resist anything, except temptation" Sorry pal,
I'm thinking of getting a regular radio and antenna, I could actually hear you on my handheld the other day. If the weather stays nice (dry) I'll be doing some work on the boat, including an antenna, radio etc. I paid more for my hand held than the other set up would have cost, quick and easy and I figured I could never hit Winni even with an 8' antenna, now I know different. I'll keep the handheld at the camp so my wife can contact me if needed, phones don't work well at the camp..
Congrats again to all of you guys, hope the new arrival helps soften your loss some.