Bill and Pete,
Tonight I have had my first experience with the joy of oscillation! I'm so happy to have my M3 oscillating! This was a great first project and look forward to seeing if I can't build a lowpass filter to go with it. As you recommended Bill, I reconfigured my initial board to make things much more compact thus keeping the lead length short. For the coil, i used a 1.25in wooden dowel and it worked great! Here are a few photos. Thanks a lot for the crystal! Video will be coming soon.
Looking forward to Pete's 40m transceiver project. Keep up the great podcast!