yeah, I went with a J-Pole because on the house there is no ground plane, wanted something cheap (it was a $20 project including the connector), wanted to make it myself, and I like the way they look.
I ended up with two, one not so perfect as the other, and one that looks nice and works pretty well. I can get into the CCon repeater here in boulder but once I open it up it is only scratchyness that get's through. The folks at HRO told me about another antenna near Jeffco airport that takes a different tone to get into. I am going to try that next. I think I am in some sort of funky "shadow" here in boulder.