Originally Posted by Auggie100
I think I will try to take the screen off the back of the c2 and give that a shot. What does the screen do anyway?
Thanks for the info guys!
A reflector on an antenna provides for the increase in reception in one direction with an attendant reduction in reception from behind the screen.
Think of it in much the same manner as placing a mirror near a candle in a dark room. The area behind the mirror would be much darker and the area in front of the mirror would get almost twice the light. Not a perfect analogy, but it should give you the basic idea.
If you look at the C2's polar plot
you will see the effect of the reflector in the larger forward lobe and a much smaller set of lobes to the rear. If you remove the reflector, both the front and rear lobes would equalize to a "size" that would be the same somewhere between those current lobes.
Do keep in mind that reflectors also help to reduce the effects of mult-ipath. However, in your particularly "hot" environment, it probably is a moot point.
Here's what I'd recommend adding: http://antennasdirect.com/filter-attenuator.html
It's only $6.99 and has free shipping right now. You will need to add a short "jumper" coax cable.