If you need to operate portable and only have a mag mount antenna available, try placing any large piece of metal underneath it. This might be a refrigerator, stationary car, or a metal rain gutter. You might also try making your own portable ground plane by placing some aluminum foil over a large piece of cardboard ( 2 feet x 2 feet minimum).
If you are able to operate fixed portable, try the "American Legion J-Pole". Attach it to the top of a 10 foot section of PVC pipe and mount this to a camera tripod. Attach weights to the legs for stability. This makes a very nice fixed station antenna.
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