Usually the only activity I can listen too (still while waiting on my fcc call letters) is this group here at 8:35 am, the Kingston 8pm group at night... and if some of you remain on after the morning call.
Today, I have been listening to hams on the programmed repeaters which i entered into my Yaesu 70d for the area: Activity from Woodstock, Esopus, West Milford, CT. And the Warwick repeater, which according to Google, is 69 miles away (even PA.) I thought highpoint mountain would cause limited ability to receive. A few hams mentioned they were on home units. Of course I don't know if they'd be able to hear me, because I can't transmit yet.
I wonder if I put up one of those hundred dollar diamond antennas and attached it to my chimney, how much further I'd be able to receive repeaters. I'm just worried about the powerful, house quaking lightning storms up here and I don't know much about grounding .. YET !.