If it weren't for the fact that we've had this thing more than a year, I'd send it back for a FULL refund! I followed the instructions to the letter after I was able to interpret them. That stops the sleeve from sliding down. Kinda tough to tune and keep tuned, but when it's set up right it's wonderful. My radial field is pretty good. As cautioned by many, the antenna will work with the proper installation. I added the 1 and 17 meter coils.
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Rain does seem to change the tuning but it recovers afterwards.
A lot of climbing. It spreads out a bit with a tuner, but then the DX can't hear me. IMHO these antennas are the best commercial all band verticals available. Welcome Anonymous Become a member or Login. The Butternut beats it easily on the low bands and curiously on 10, but the Hustler shines on 15 and 20 and is quite useable on 12 and 17 with a tuner. I treated all the aluminum with "Alodine r Conversion Coating" - same stuff that is used for AC parts. As cautioned by many, the antenna will work with the proper installation.