Been dabbling in contests and also chasing distant SOTA activations on VHF and above. Sometimes they hear me better than I hear them. With the mountains all around, beam headings are frequently meaningless. I'm pointing sometimes at Mt Hood to get a bounce into the coast range, etc. And for a Seattle station, its a long haul for low hanging yagis pointed that way. From my QTH I need more receive power, or go up in the mountains. If I was on HF, I'd consider a beverage antenna if I could point it that direction of interest. Or a skyloop on a single band to catch signals if they tended to originate around me. But on VHF and above, seems that horizontal stacking of loops (to get a more omni pattern for SSB), and phasing verticals for FM (I've never actually seen this), seem to be my only options. I've not seen much else besides a rhombic suggested. Any others I'm overlooking?