I'm blessed with building height that puts my antennas between 50 and 75 feet, so I can put up wire moxons and yagis, and work out to 5 or 6,000 miles, most days from Seoul. Waiting for DL5RBW to finish up with a NZ station, so I can say hi, at the moment. Having a beam -- even a homebrew wire one, means I'll make 3 to 7 contacts on a day that I would be lucky to get 1 with a single wire. Sadly, I'll be selling off pretty much my entire shack, if we move stateside next year. I won't have building height after that... probably will invest in something portable and simple. I will be a poor boy for a few years, as I attempt to re-enter the US workforce and support a family. Maybe I'll pick up a Yaesu FT450D, or similar.