The Best Laid (antenna) Plans . . .

I’m in for a good whuppin’ from the Peanut Gallery, but here is where I am at now. One Wellbrook ALA1530LNP has been up a year, the second added this past winter, and when phased using the DX Engineering NCC-2 finally gives me what I had hoped for when I started trying to come up with a great Top Band RX antenna. Luckily, with…

SteppIR UrbanBeam Installation Part 1

I’m starting the journey of putting up a SteppIR UrbanBeam. This “series” will include also putting up the US Towers ALM-31 crank up tower, because I needed something that was within specifications of supporting the UrbanBeam and which also was the best solution for my QTH and antenna “siting”. The product was packed very well in a 5′ x 2.5′ x 2.5’carton. Each set…

30/40M Horizontally vs. Polarized Antennas and the 2018 DX Landscape

With the demise of 3Y0Z and having just made DXCC on 160M – which also means 9BDXCC, as far as looking forward to the next “new one”, it will be whatever comes my way on Top Band. The other morning, FK8IK was CQ-ing, but was just a little too lite here to call in a pretty big pileup. The Mega DX-pedition line up this…

Post DXCC KY6R Antenna Farm

I have a very weird odd shaped lot – framed on 2 sides of a “sort of” triangle by a creek. The nice thing – its not a typical boring sea of square “grid tract” houses, and there are lots of trees around so it feels secluded and quite amazing for being only 20 miles slightly north east of San Francisco, and 5 –…

Cushcraft D40 on 20M!

The Cushcraft D40 up to the LCA coil is a full half wavelength on the upper part of 17M. Besides 40M, I have found that it loads up nicely on 20 and 17M – I will try 15M tonight. I heard Z60A the best yet on this antenna this morning – but right as I started calling him he said QRX and then I…

Its 40M Antenna Test Time!

With the cancellation of 3Y0Z, I went out back and took down my two temporary antennas that I had up for Bouvet – the 2 element 20M yagi and the 40M doublet – which is a 17M EDZ. This morning I swapped the MFJ-1886 with the NEW Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. Tomorrow I will also re-arrange my station a bit. I will be using the Elecraft…

The NEW Wellbrook ALA1530LNP

I have the old Wellbrook ALA1530LNP magnetic loop receiving antenna in a position 3′ above the ground and next to a little creek. I now have a second ALA1530LNP up 13′ or so – above the roof and away from any metal or other obstructions. https://www.loop-antennas.com/wellbrook/ I absolutely see the difference – it is 9 dB more gain and lower noise than my first…

Wellbrook ALA1530LNP and Cushcraft D40: This Weekend

I’m replacing the MFJ-1886 Loop with a second Wellbrook ALA1530LNP because the Wellbrook is very noticeably better than the MFJ. I was able to do weeks worth of daily night and early morning A B comparisons using a DX Engineering NCC-2, and there simply is no comparison – the higher gain and lower noise is very evident. I’ve now worked 3 new one’s on…

Two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loops > 80 Meter Long Beverage!

By accident, I opened the ON4UN Low Band DXing book to page 7-91, and the patterns were instantly recognizable: and I am very sure that the phased Wellbrook Loops with the NCC-2 are better than a 200 foot (80M) beverage. The main reason is because while the pattern is the same, the Beverage is stuck in one or two directions, and the phased loops…

Ham Goodies on the Way

Right after 3Y0Z I will turn the phased 40M array into a dedicated RX antenna – especially for 160M. After 3Y0Z I will replace the 2 element 20M yagi with this antenna. I will do a few mods – one is to build a couple “air coils” with old HF2V coil stock that I have, and also add 30M. I looked at the Optibeam…