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As I said before, forget the slinky dipole. Here's why:
1. You are on land. You CANNOT transmit anyway (unless you're a ham and are transmitting on a ham band). You cannot even use the "Tune" function to tune the antenna coupler....it causes the transmitter to emit a (reduced power) signal.
2. If all you're doing then is listening -- not transmitting -- any wire stuck into the M710 antenna connector will do.
3. Yes, radials work equally well on land. And they work very well if elevated. However, this is irrelevant in your case for land listening.
Couple of other things:
If you're bent on using the slinky, just plug it directly into the M710 and forget the tuner. As explained above, you can't transmit anyway on land.
The slinky dipole is a balanced antenna, but coax is unbalanced. That's why they put the balun there. Again, this is irrelevant for listening only.