I'm using a JRC handheld with this type of antenna https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/antennasystems.php

I received it from the owner of the Tripacer I purchased in 1998.  I strapped it to a cross member in the tail, vertically, with the top curved forward and the bottom curved forward.  I can easily talk to aircraft 50+ miles out and regularly hear jump planes at altitude 80+ miles distance.  No ground plane required.  I see no reason it could not be "home made" for just a couple of dollars.

Larry Flesner

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