Yeah, I'm coming to terms with the leaves. Not much I can do about them. Putting up a taller mast is a lot of work. I'm beginning to wish I had started this hobby in the summer, then I'd be thrilled how much my reception improved in the winter.Your & my situations are similar. My building blocks 180 degrees out of 360 degrees. I get a semi-circle instead of circular range. This is not the end of misery. There are several tall buildings around. These block signal and cause a spike like sharp dip in range curve. Worst is the 250 ft tall building across the street (about 60 ft away from my building), completely obstructing the view of Toronto airport CYYZ.
I used to boil & curse on this situation, but have now accepted it. Fate!