A max. performance 40m - (60m) - 80m transmitting loop antenna.
Many thanks to G0CWT for the eye opening and proven results from his empirical research.
This low-Q, wide band 10m circumference loop with maximum efficiency (-0.5dB) at 40m, and only a few dB less at 80m. Installed at low height it is an Near Vertical Indent Sky wave antenna, optimal for regional QSOs. Installed at 7-10m height it has real DX possibilities. Tested with 100W SSB, and perfectly wideband matched at 40m and 80m, using two remotely switched ring core transformers. No tuner needed.
Both transformers, the air tuning capacitor, the little 12V DC motor, a simple to construct 1 : 13.500 mechanical reduction system, and an anti-condensation heather are all installed in a large standard ABS installation cabinet at the open end of the loop radiator. Easy accessible as it is at the lowest point of the antenna.
Tuning range : from 2.53 MHz to 9.4MHz.
Matching ranges for VSWR <= 1 : 1.5, from 3.4 MHz to 5.8 MHz, and from 5.6 MHz to 9.4 MHz.
Useable on 60m, with VSWR 1:1.5 . A tuner is needed.
Bandwidth for VSWR <= 1 : 1.5,
read from the VSWR meter on a TS570D
transceiver, abt. 16m coax feeder :
7.1 MHz : 95 kHz (!)
3.65 MHz : 20 kHz.
More than enough for easy tuning and distortion-free SSB, AM and digital modes, even on 80m.
magnetic fieldstrength bandwidth measured with MagFieldIndicator
and 5W RF ::
7.1 MHz : 287 kHz. (Q=25).
5,355 MHz : 91 kHz. (Q=59).
3,65 MHz : 53 kHz. (Q=69).
For use on 80m an extra transformer is switched in.
|Construction.||Gearing and heather.||New
|Installation.||Other interesting loop
|Sense and nonsense
|Properties of a 1/4 lambda
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or square radiator ?
|Matching a 1/4lambda loop.|
Further properties of this loop :
- Small, only 2.5m square
- Omni-directional radiator for 40 (60) 80m.
- No radials nor ground needed.
- Installed at low height (loop center at 2.5m up) it radiates predominantly vertical (NVIS), optimal for regional traffic.
- If installed at 7m height => also very useable for DX (see radiation patterns below)
- Transformer coupling. Immediately perfect match on two bands.
- Closed, balanced system.
pure magnetic radiation
While receiving: insensitive for E-filed man-made-noises
While transmitting: Minimal chances for BCI/TVI
- No ATU needed. Tune the loop to wanted frequency => ready for transmitting with perfect match.
VSWR sweep at 80m. Results beside the VSWR 1:1 frequency depend on the length of the coax feeder.
Radiation patterns, OMNI DIRECTIONAL.
Calculated with MMANA-GAL_basic for specified height of loop center (The tuningC is 1.25m lower).
NVIS properties at low height on 80m band. NVIS and DX properties on 40m band when at elevated height.
Download "loopcalc.exe" with which the properties of small loops (circumference < 1/20 lambda) can be calculated.
Download "MMANA-GAL" antenna modeling software.