I'm surprised by the poor reception of the X9i, it's not very practicle to use it in a town, although it would be quite useful sometimes, for example to find back your car or your hotel.
When I'm standing 10 minutes in a corner with my wrist over my head, nobody looks at me, which shows that they probably think I'm crazy...
I tried the "soft" mod, by only connecting a 190mm wire to the left side, without soldering.
It's improving the reception of the satellites, no doubt, but I was expecting more.
Jhaura, could you give some more details? Your mod looks like voiding the Warranty, but maybe it would be worth trying it.
What is the other improvement you did? did you disconnect the copper wire and directly connect your antenna?
Thanks in advance for your answer.