If you want to get your hands dirty you can also mount an antenna to the outside of your house (the higher the better). I have a Diamond D-777 antenna connected with westflex 103 coax cable to a simple Uniden UBC 280-E. I live 18 miles from the nearest airport (East Midlands, UK - EGNX) with a couple of large hills which are a couple of hundred feet higher between me and the airport and I can pick up Tower/Ground quite well, plus RAF bases which are 40+ miles away from me.
Also slightly off the topic, if anyone reading this knows of a UBC-780xlt for sale, please send me a message! I can't find one on ebay anywhere and I don't want to buy one for silly money through online stores.
I think this sounds like the sort off situation that i am in, i live in Northern Athens, and i live in sort off a bowl (mountains to side west side and a sloping hill with out a mountain to the east), i still receive Athens Area Control and the Athens Arrival but im wanting to receive the tower frequencies, i think going to get the antenna that you have just one question, for the coax cable to the radio will i need an adaptor to connect the cable to the radio and also do you have any suggested websites that will sell the antenna and the cable at a reasonable price