I'm pretty inexperienced with ham, I have never owned a fully functioning radio until last night (see previous thread), and I'm somewhat confused. My radio has been working great, and after a little bit of tuning with the orientation of my antenna I am receiving pretty much no static even on S4-5 signals, I never knew circularly polarized antennas has to be perfectly vertical to work right . I am experiencing one odd phenomena however, some frequencies are loud static 100% of the time. Now I know I can fix this by using my SQL/RF dial, but that isn't good enough for me; I want to know why I am receiving static S4-9 signals on some frequencies 24/7. For example, some of the frequencies are: 144.000 mhz (continuous s4-5) , 146.000 mhz (continuous s4-5), 147.300 ~ 152mhz (continuous s1-4 varries by frequency, 148.350 is s9++). I understand some of those frequencies are outside the legal range of the 144 band, but please focus on the question. Why is there a static S4-9 signal on these frequencies 24/7, expecially the 148.350 which is always S9++? Here is some additional info: FM, DNR on, DNF on, DBF on, YAESU FT-857D MARS MOD, Antenna is mounted 2 ft outside of a window on side of house, radio is powered by a battery.