Thanks for all the info.......it sounds encouraging. (If I were more knowledgeable about FM reception, antennas, etc., I'd have more of an idea about the distance issue). I am checking out APS antennas also.
I wonder if I could get a Tivoli radio, or other portable radio, that has a connection for my Magnum Dynalab ST-2 antenna, & take it with me on various trips to check out the reception? If a portable radio wouldn't work for that, I suppose I could box up one of my tuners w/a small integrated amp that has a Headphone Output, + the MD antenna. A bit extreme, but someone staying in a hotel room for a night or 2 could do that.
I guess I need to consider the topography, as well as the distance, right? Like, probably Portland ME would have better reception with WGBH than Brattleboro VT? Or? Or maybe not, based on what Jax2 said about reception in S. VT.
thanks again, steve