Thanks for the input.
Yes, all the antennas have choke baluns. The Hex Beam and 3 dipoles (limited space). I recently moved those to that location (N/S wires) from E/W before for better N. America.http://www.k4kio.com/chokebalun.html
With the hex beam I can usually pickup the pacific if I'm 90-120 degrees off where the signal is. If I move the Hex to the North West right on Japan I will see an increase to maximum S units and drop a unit or two for every 30-60 degrees off target. Yes, the beam is 60 degrees I believe. Anything close to target is good - and right on target is usually noticeable with an S or two.
Yes, it's only 15 feet above the roof but on the side of it. I'm usually 5-9 into Japan which is a low altitude shot about 15 feet off the roof but still 200ft above sea level which is very close but need to skirt across the roof - drop down 200 feet to the Bay and then Climb 2000 feet over the Koolau Mountains before a clear shot into the North Pacific....
It looks like the immediate drop to the South and East really help. For Spain this morning I was 5-7 pointing directly South and not doable once I move off that by 60-90 degrees.
Ea7JR is basically east SP And west LP. Why would I be able to copy them and them copy me if I'm beaming 90 degrees off and beaming south? I would think I'm going more LP South Pole and using the Atlantic for propagation???
I don't understand why Kentucky was stronger pointing at me versus south and my strongest angle to him was 180 south and anything off that was either much weaker or lost completely?
A guy in Florida had an 11 element ant. (12 degree beam?) and he was certain he would hear me better if he swung his antenna around from the E (Europe) to the West.. but I lost him and he lost me immediately - and came back when we was turning back down from the North to the E (which would be normal LP) but I didn't hear him any louder when we was SP like Kentucky? The guy in Florida said he couldn't tell a big difference from NE to SE - I was there.. like in the Atlantic?
Ouch - just gave myself a headache!
Why only in the AM when the sun comes up on 20M and then for 4 hours later? Perhaps I'll lose this connection soon when the South Pole does dark??
My South take off angle and ocean must be taking me around?