Chris - glad to hear you're making some progress. If you decide to try the CM4228, you might want to see if Signal Electronics will let you return it if it doesn't work for you. East Lyme isn't exactly close to you, but if you wanted to make the drive, you're welcome to borrow mine since I'm not using it right now - then again, the gas would probably cost more than buying an antenna
Leaves will definitely make a difference in UHF reception if you have trees between your antenna and the transmitter. I go through intermittent periods of lousy reception (WTIC being a good example) in the summer, but it all clears up when the leaves drop - I don't really care since most stuff in the summer are repeats anyways.
garberfc - no problems with WTNH in East Lyme.