Local is about 5 air miles. I am using an antenna cut for 150 Mhz. I am getting full signal. I am using the scanner for a feed.You're in Montana...how far is considered 'local'? What are you using for an antenna? How many signal bars do you have in the upper right portion of the display? Are you using an internal speaker and if so do you have some space under the scanner to let the sound out, or are you using an external speaker?