NCC-2 and 40M (UrbanBeam and W6LVP Loop)
I’m very pleased with the NCC-2 on 40M – it is doing what I was hoping it would
Like the SteppIR UrbanBeam, I paid a “dear” price – one that arguably was a bit beyond what I usually would consider a bargain of any sort. HOWEVER, these two products are so unique and special in what they do – I am quite pleased that I did go for them. If 2 years ago (when I was full on OCD bout 160M DXCC chasing) I could have anticipated that “old faithful” 40M would be wiped out by neighborhood noise – I would have never sold the NCC-2 and two Wellbrook Loops that I used to have. Up until recently, 40M here was downright quiet. Oh well, c’est la vie – at least I knew what to do about it, and my knowledge on the subject has not failed me.
- The phasing does work, but is not nearly as pronounced as what I remember on 160M. If you want the same “feel” on 40M that you had on 160M – you won’t be as pleased. I fully understood this going in that this unit would be most effective on 160M, less on 80M and less on higher bands – it does work enough and it is doing exactly what I hoped it would do
- The Balance is working very well – in fact – I can mix just the right amount of UrbanBeam with the W6LVP where the signal to noise ratio is pretty darned good
- The directionality of the W6LVP so far is noticeable – but there is enough QSB right now that the judge is still out. It does seem like the W6LVP – being fed with the Bias Tee from the NCC-2 is really good. I don’t have a Wellbrook on hand – but for this application, I am not sure any loop would be all that much better than another. I fully expect that on 160M – the Wellbrook would be the best, but I would really like to do a shootout some day – Wellbrook vs. W6LVP
OK – onward to next weeks test – which will be the NCC-1 and 40M using interesting wire antennas (perhaps K6SE, KAZ or DHDL). When I use the NCC-1 – it will be dedicated to the 75A4, which is still a pretty great receiver after all these years.