After the failure with the Pixie II, I decided to tackle the Rock Mite from Small Wonder Labs (Dave Benson - K1SWL). I can not say how happy I am with this little rig. I ordered the 30m version of the kit.
See the pictures below for the final product:
I found some excellent resources along the way as well:
Scott Andersen (NE1RD - best callsign!!!!). He has published an incredible assemble manual for the Rock Mite... get it here.
John Robertson (W5CYF). He has a YouTube channel that has many informative videos showing his build.
Download a short audio clip of the rig doing its thing below...