Name here is Don. I can def help if you would like. The back stay type work ok, however if you really want 100% booming signals coming in look at buying a good HF antenna. There is a great place called ham radio outlet in Woodbridge, VA not too far from you that sells everything HAM. Good antenna, good coax cable, and a good ground and the world is yours. My email is [email protected]
If you email I will attach my cell number and can tell you more to get you going. Shouldn't take much at all. We are out of Colonial Beach, VA. Talk to you soon !