Thanks to John K3WWP for posting a link to this video on his diary page and to Don VA3BOW, who told him about it.
This is a game changer for me! I had never thought about doing this, this way. I always used the PVC attached to a piece of angle iron, which I then pounded into the ground. It worked fairly well, but was always a bit "iffy" if there was a gusty wind, or if the ground was particularly soft after a hard rain. And then there's always the issue of pounding the angle iron "Straight" into the ground. I usually am a little off true vertical. This appears to be a much more accurate and secure method of doing this. Of course, I could always combine the two methods, but for most instances, this seems adequate enough.
Off to Harbor Freight to buy some ratcheting straps! This will make deploying the PAR and the MFJ a snap when there are no trees available.
72 de Larry W2LJ