I moved back in May and can no longer access my favorite repeater and stay in touch with old friends. I just put up a 2m ground plane that I built, and though it seems to work well it isn't good enough. Using 5W I can access the repeater which is about 55 miles away, but what I hear is largely static. If someone is talking I can make out a few words here and there. The ground plane is at about 20-25ft, and I could probably get it about 10ft higher, but is that really going to make a difference? How bout a beam? I'm guessing I know the answer to both of those questions but I ask those with more knowledge than me. Will either of these solutions give any significant chance of hearing the repeater better? I am providing the cross section of the distance so you can see what is in the way. Also I know that from the location shown in the plot below I can get into the repeater with a rubber duck and a couple watts. Just for reference. Thank you.