Yea... thats my goal at some point to raise the antenna... Its about 6 feet above the ridge... probably need to raise it another 5 -10 feet or so to fix it....Im just too lazy at this point... I think Im going to stick with the auto tuners at this point....
There's your problem right there.
Thus why I NEED a tuner and why the antenna IS NOT BROKEN!
Nobody's disputing that you need a tuner to operate in other band segments with a small-bandwidth antenna. They're disputing that you can't fix part of the problem. Why spend hundreds if not thousands on a new high-power autotuner when you could take a couple of hours, a little bit of work and raise the antenna? You'll at least find out if the interaction with the house you've admitted might be taking place is actually the cause. Plus "higher is better", right?
If your antenna's bandwidth is so small that it presents a 6:1 SWR at the low end of the band, you're going to have loss in the feedline. Depending on what type of coax you're using and the power you eventually run, you could waste a lot of power in heating the coax even with a high-quality tuner in the shack.
Someone mentioned running the autotuner closer to the feedpoint, and I think that's an excellent idea. You could easily mount a weatherproof autotuner at/near the top of the tower, for instance, and have a very short coax run to the beam.
First thing I'd do is fix the problem with the impedance changing on the same frequency based on direction. That's so easy, it's a no-brainer. Of course just trimming the match with the autotuner is easier, but if there's enough junk in the antenna's near field to send the SWR wonky, it must
be playing havoc with the pattern. That's no help. If all you have to do is raise it a bit, just raise the damn thing.
Solve the problems you know
you have now
before you contemplate other problems you might face when you add an amplifier.