Well said w9cll. I totally agree! I have seen it many times before (some of my friends as well) where a very good performing radio is kind of "ruined" by having a 4 foot antenna mounted on the edge of the bumper. You must spend the money on the best antenna that you can buy and the longest that you can get away with!Put the money into the antenna, this is where you will see your biggest gain. As others here have pointed out you really need to 4x your current power to see any difference. The antenna is everything, too many skimp on the antenna and then buy power to compensate.