I found this design in a copy of ’The Antenna File’, p57 by Roberto Craighero, I1ARZ published by the RSGB. It is now out of print but I found a copy at a rally earlier this year. The quest for a good, efficient, easily portable antenna for holidays and occasional /P operation was the spur for this project. I know that magnetic loop antennas have been criticised by many but doing some research showed otherwise and that prompted me to have a go. The completed antenna packs away well and weighs about 3Kg. Most of the weight is the RG213.
More information to follow as I modify and refine the loop but my experiences last week have convinced me that 1) loops work and 2) this is a very practical design for /P. While on holiday last week I heard my first ZL, he was using 100w to a dipole, several VKs, a ZS and managed to work across the pond using 4W. That was about 10m from the beach. At home in a very much far from perfect site the first contact was with RA3GFS who gave me a 559 report which I think was good on 4w for a QSO of nearly 1700 miles.
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