Your blue FJC looks like Schlumberger :-) My wife's FJC does too.
Back on topic, a G5RV works well for me. An off-the-shelf antenna is not unreasonable, or you can make one yourself for cheap. I was out camping this weekend and put a G5RV between a couple of trees. Using an LDG Z-11 Pro auto tuner for convenience I worked many stations on all the HF bands, including 60m. Contacts were made all over the USA and also Quebec, England, Isle of Malta, Barbados, Venezuela, Germany, Slovenia, Finland, France, and Cuba. That was with 30W with a PRC-320 (British Clansman backpack transceiver) and battery.
IMHO the longer wire antennas will far outperform a short loaded antenna. Simple wire antennas work great if you have a few minutes to string one up.
Last edited by Tennmogger; 02-27-2012 at 07:53 PM.
U-1300L Unimog with 10' Alaskan camper, OM-366A turbo-Diesel, fast axles, overdrive, Werner 12k winch
Various other mogs for work and play.