80 Meter Challenge

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Werthers
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Re: 80 Meter Challenge

Post by Werthers » 29 Nov 2019, 00:39

G8GGP wrote:
25 Nov 2019, 13:50
Have you thought of one of the ATAS type of antennas in your loft?, it depends on how much height you have got of course. It looks as if you can get a counterpoise out. Guys who use these mobile seem to do pretty well
That sounds very interesting... Whats the height of it?

I've got about 5 foot and a half to play with in height in the loft. I'm going with a mag loop for now but I'm definitely interested in the ATAS as well besides you can't have to many antennas to play with :D

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Re: 80 Meter Challenge

Post by Werthers » 30 Nov 2019, 14:43

40 meter mag loop is now complete, the first thing I noticed was that the receive is a lot better than having the wire antenna, it also tunes up on some other HF bands :D

I should have done this long ago.

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Re: 80 Meter Challenge

Post by mr_m3 » 30 Nov 2019, 15:04

what design did you use werthers :)
26TM069
M3UBO-----> 2E0FML

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Re: 80 Meter Challenge

Post by Werthers » 30 Nov 2019, 18:24

I went for a sorta quad band design with the center loop towards the top and the tuning capacitor at the bottom, it works well on 40 and 20 and tunes 30 meters but haven't heard anything on 30 meters so far. 40 meters and 20 meters has been active all day, I was hoping to see if I could push it up to 17 meters but no luck with 17 meters. 20 meters seems to be its limit from 40 meters. I'm happy with that anyway as 40 and 20 are the main active bands. I'll be working on an 80 meter loop next.

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