Previously, I had this PVC monstrosity sitting in the office. It worked well enough to get me into the closest few repeaters, but it took up about 3′ x 4′ floor space and the cats liked to bat at the radials.
Now that I’ve got the antenna mounted outdoors, we’re feeding the mini-rg8 line in through the window. I want to ground it outside to a ground rod, but that’s a project for another day when I buy up some LMR400 to serve as the permanent antenna feed system. I added a simple L-bracket from home depot to my electronics workstation, and the Tonfa UV-985 and Baofeng UV-5R clip right to it with no problems.
Also, my rubber duck antenna collection was starting to get ridiculous and unwieldy for the tabletops and desk drawers. I cut about 16″ of 1 1/4″ PVC on the miter saw, glued a cap to one end, glued a threaded bushing to the other, and wrapped it with some camouflage duct tape I had in the garage. It makes an excellent water tight case with a certain rustic visual appeal. See for yourself.