Antenna's are like scopes on a gun, the better it is the better you can hit your target. So, invest in antenna's or do what hams are supposed to do, build your own, test and see what works and build more. Fun can still be had by all, but you may have to change your mindset and think about the digital modes as a new challenge. Sure, CW still works, but there are so many ways to enjoy the hobby today that were not available a few years ago that it is almost overwhelming. So, get out and experiment, and HAVE FUN!