After wanting a modern multimode/multiband amateur transceiver for decades, XYL encourages me to get one, and I do. After installing it, she complains that the talking while Sooz is sleeping is keeping the baby awake. I go to CW, and XYL says the dots and dashes might wake Sooz up. I wear headphones - now the clicking of the key is too much noise.
So I ham in the short time between getting home and dinner. XYL demands I turn radio off immediately while the other is talking (she can't conceive of the idea that a ham QSO is something like a phone call).
So I get a mag mount and keep the radio in the car. For about a year, I'm chatting on 17m mobile or listening to SW BCB stations. Then the
price of gasoline quadruples, and my commute is 60 miles each way, so we buy a hybrid. Before we buy, I check the radio to see if the hybrid electronics affects the radio - to my delight, there is no effect at all, AM broadcast stations with only a 0.1 mV/m signal sound fine. But when I try it on HF at home - there is a horrible wall of noise when driving, especially when slowing down (when the wheels are generating power for the battery), allowing through some frequencies (80m, 25m), but destroying 40, 31, 20, 17, 10, 6 and 2(!) meters.
So I go to DX FM bcb. While a very weak signal sounds fine when parked, it takes about .3 mv/m for an FM signal to get over the hybrid system.
After 332,600 miles, a software problem destroys the hybrid. We get another one used. On the replacement, AM signals weaker than about 10 mV/m are whacked, unless I am either parked, or there is a heavy rain (which oddly provides a measure of relief from the noise - sometimes).
Comparing Sporadic-E skip to skip on the AM and shortwave bands is like comparing apples and oranges.
Comparing tropo to skip is like comparing apples and bacon cheeseburgers.