This is why sdr is necessary on 2m and higher frequencies. Being able to see a slice of band activity makes it much easier to find people to talk with. What radio/transverter are you using? A friend of mine uses a flex w/ a yeasu transverter. He has fairly good luck with that setup. I tinker with homebrew stuff, but none of it is awesome. I've been putting the sdrplay through its paces, and its a really awesome fm reciever.. but still not sensitive enough for ssb work (in fact the front-end goes bananas when a nearby repeater keys. makes it useless for ssb when the emcom nutters are having a net). I'm thinking about a 7300 and a decent transverter... just haven't found the will to come off the dollars.