I was using the beam, pointed north. The takeoff angle on the vertical is so low that it's typically better for working DX. I would have been 2 to 3 db lower had I switched to the vertical. From my limited experience on 40, it's very quiet during daytime house. Kind of enjoyable. I'm willing to try other bands. I think the ops on 40 use high power to be heard over the noise and the ops who don't run as much power. Like was mentioned in this thread, the bandwidth goes up with the increase in power, making it impossible for the barefoot op to carry on the most basic communications.
Let's try 17 meters.
1985 BJ70, OME suspension, ARB front, Warn 8K, Kaymar rear, ARB lockers front and rear,