I am very much a newbie to scanners. I bought the HomePatrol 2 because it was supposed to be the easiest to use for people like me who know nothing about frequencies, programming, etc. but still want to listen in to the police and emergency calls. It was easy to program just by entering my zip code (83849) and it does pick up chatter, but it is so full of static that I can't understand what the person is saying. Other threads that I have seen do offer antenna recommendations, but they had enough technical jargon that my simple mind still didn't know which one would work best for me. Can somebody give me a recommendation for a replacement antenna that will work in my area and get rid of the static? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!