I have had a little bit of time recently to check the radio and noise levels. There is still S7 of noise here at the home QTH. One reason might be what is on the other side of our living room wall.
So I checked the radio at work, a television transmitter site, and found the same noise. Today I decided to try something a little different. I hooked up the radio with a battery at the transmitter site and just laid the antenna on the floor. I was able to hear a couple good signals on twenty meters with considerably less than S7 noise. Now that I have had a little encouragement my next goal will be to try and set up a station somewhere on site and see how it goes.