As I keep learning, one of the thoughts that finally came clear to me is there is a balance point between a station's ability to receive and transmit. If you hear a lot better than you will be received, you torture the other guy and get rewarded with AGN constantly. If your station is way better at transmitting than receiving, you will get tortured trying to copy calls that are down in the noise. Fortunately, I have finally chased the noise gremlins away for now, so my evening noise floor (with a 500Hz filter) is S1 to S2. I am finding 100W is working very well. If anything, I could see going up in power to give the guys in noisier situations a bit more signal. I'm curious; where have others found their balance point, and how did you find it?