Just passed my Tech test a few weeks ago after wanting to do it since I first heard about amateur radio as a Cub Scout in the mid-70s (yes, I'm slow ). Been doing a lot of reading on many subjects, the one I am not 100% sure what my best option I'm asking for advice now. I apologize for the length, I hope that I am providing enough information to prevent a long back and forth thread because I left something out . Yes, this is my first post. I'm in a rental house in Maine, drilling or modifying the house isn't an option. It is still very much winter up here so opening a window in the main part of the house really isn't great either. It is an old (200 years or so) house, small (800sqft) in the middle of nowhere . It has a metal roof on the main part of the house, on the front of the house is a porch with asphalt. The two slopes of the metal roof face east and west, the porch is on the front of the house, roof just below the bottom of the main roof and is unblocked E,W, N. The "local" repeaters are mostly not south of me. I have access to the attic with a window right at the middle of the porch roof and power just below the window. I've been listening in the house on the main floor on a UV5r with a dual band 2m\70cm plopped on top of my freezer that is in front of a west-facing window during the day while I work, on top of a Monitor heater facing east at night. Neither, obviously, are ideal - nor is the radio but I got it - like many - as it was cheap to get my feet wet plus I can use it as a scanner (I'm a volunteer EMT up here, I know not to use my radios on the county network, I have a C200 Motorola provided by the service for that but it doesn't work in my location even to receive so I listen on the ChiCom). Receive is eh, but for the most part usable. Transmitting I haven't tried yet as I'm still listening to get the hang of how things flow, though I suspect I won't be heard with the little radio. I have an old Radio Shack HTX-212 on 2m. There's so much noise from my computers in the daytime location (I'm a Sr Sys Admin working remotely for a software company, I have 5 systems running 24/7) that it is useless. If I go outside and clip it to my SUV with the same antenna on the roof, I can hear all my repeaters programmed in like they are next to me so I know the radio - if given a chance - would work. Ok, so here's my question... What would be my best choice using the HXT with that antenna in the house? Options as I see them are: 1) put the antenna on one side of the main roof, though I assume that would negate using any of the repeaters coming from the other direction, even if I could get it high enough to reach over the top of the peak. 2) Put the antenna on a metal plate on the porch roof, though it is below the main roof so would that not work out either? 3) Put it on one of the old satellite dishes mounted on either end of the porch, flipped so the dish is horizontal? 4) Try to run a simple dipole off the tree that is on the east corner of the porch (white maple) that does extended above the roof, but unfortunately is right at the street so visible and subject to frequent truck drafts from logging trucks that pass by. 5) Wait until spring and just sit in my truck Thank you in advance for anyone that is sharing knowledge and has in the past, I'm learning a lot just reading old posts.