I've been thinking of setting up a better receive antenna. Right now I use a Butternut HF-9V vertical as my only antenna for RX and TX.
Two ideas that have caught my attention are an active magnetic loop, like something from Wellbrook or the DX Engineering RF-PRO-1B. The other idea is a pair of active verticals with a variable phasing controller (DX Engineering sells one, along with a couple of short amplified antennas in a set - "Active antenna phasing system"). They also have systems that phase 4 or 8 verticals, but the cost gets prohibitive for me up there.
As far as system complexity goes, it seems like the two verticals have more components and "stuff" to run out into the yard (2 antennas, 2 ground rods, 2 feedlines w/ power), but there's no mechanical rotator to deal with, as there would be with the loop.
Does anyone have experience with both of these who can describe differences in performance? My main interest is being able to reduce local, man-made noise from homes in the area. I have a 2 acre lot but I don't really want to fill it up with wire.... ok, I do, but XYL might not.