i have noise in one direction at night. when the sun is up i have slightly higher noise when pointed at it. i dont think the receiver is weak. i'm probably asking more of it than most. the ssb action around me is picking up but the terrain is challenging here. a little more umph in the receiver would help. not sure about the antenna now that i've done some reading. i have giant pin-oaks that overhang the house. removing them is not an option: they shade the house in summer and that saves us megabucks. i could get away with a 10' boom but not much more. i'd planned on stacking another 6 element above the existing one, but the antenna was optimized for forward gain, so i'm wondering if one of these new LFA's might be better because they're supposed to be quieter. as always: the budget is the bottom line.