I like to go on am and have a listen and i do hear people on but like you say it's hard to understand what their saying.
I don't know if its because of my tiny antenna or i'm not high enough or both? it might be that their too far away or their in another country and the skip is bouncing them over to us?
But i'm like you i do like to listen on am because it seems to get a lot further and it goes back to the old days when the skip was at its highest and the americans seemed like they were just next door.
I remember back then talking to people thinking they were local and they were miles away or in another country and their signal was so strong.
I remember hearing a guy talking for a week and one day him shouting me and saying could i hear him? he was giving me nine pounds all week and he said he was from budapest.
I said yeah right, listen pal, i've been planked eight times this week and i don't believe you.
Turns out he was in Budapest and it was Simon the wizard, true story.
Back then though the americans were that strong i couldn't talk to my friends locally i was talking to americans till early hours of the morning.
I miss those days and talking to people far away. I'm in Halifax and i'm talking to Scotland Ireland Wales etc then i'm getting skip and i'm talking to newcastle, manchester, blackpool and all over the uk.
Then the conditions change and i'm talking to Greece, Spain, Italy, Africa,Cyprus, France and i'm like what the hell is going on with the weather?
But i'm like you i love to listen to am but the noise just gets crazy and sometimes its just as bad on fm.
Antennas i'm not too sure on for am but good luck.