I have never owned a beam antenna. I have used a G5RV as well as several dipoles. Currently I have a G5RV and Hustler 4BTV. I am planning a wire fed with home made ladder line. Usually I can work those that I hear. Many times that works because of their big antenna
but patience is a virtue as well as timing. Great hobby regardless, large or small, full power or QRP. 73! From KE8EC.