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…

3Y0Z: DX Engineering DV-40-P is 10 dB > dipole

The best thing about last nights 3Y0Z antenna test is to re-visit just how well the DX Engineering DV-40-P works to ZS. It has been 10 dB better than a dipole every time I have done on the air tests with Bill, ZS6CCY, so my DV-40-P is not going anywhere. I have already tested it extensively, and the ZS path is my favorite. This…

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…

Cushcraft D40 Plus 30M

After 3Y0Z my 2 element 20M yagi will be replaced by a Cushcraft D40 up 60′ and with a 30M wire added as a “fan dipole”. EZNec says keeping the wire spaced apart using the insulators I will be receiving today is fine. My model has the full sized dipole – so the coils might present some issues at the feed, but I actually…

Post 3Y0Z KY6R Antenna Farm

Since my DXE DV-40-P 40M vertical array is a killer 160M RX antenna, and the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP is also a great RX antenna, I’ll use the DXE NCC-2 to phase them! The K3 Dual Diversity will be awesome in this config. The Cushcraft D40 is the new 40/30M antenna. I lose nothing, but gain a lot on 160 and 40 and 30M. I lose…

More 40M Array vs. Doublet Testing

Karel, OK1CF was one of my very first DX QSO’s back in 2001, when I got into DXing. I just worked him with an easy 59 each way. That was on the phased vertical array because the end fire NE direction is over the pole. The doublet is aimed SE. The doublet is now receiving RI1ANO exactly better than the phased vertical array with…

Is The ARRL DXCC Operating Program Still Relevant?

There are actually flying bikes and eBikes and other types of bikes that beg the question “Are these still bikes?” and “Is this still considered cycling?” Double plus points for using it in a brewery name . . .  There is hardly a thing in this world that hasn’t been affected by technology in recent years. The DXCC Program stayed relatively stable during my…

40M Phased Vertical Array ~ 40M Half Wave Dipole

The N6BT DXU-32 … I have had two occasions where I was able to test my fantastic 40M phased vertical array against other antennas. I say fantastic only because when you compare the height requirements and maintenance requirements, the phased array has tremendous bang for the buck. The DXE DV-40-P … First I compared it to the N6BT DXU-32, and the DXU-32 won by…

Post 3Y0Z Antenna Farm

OK – now I am getting very excited. First because in one month from now, I could very well have Bouvet in the bag and only need Glorioso. Second is because I have settled on my next antenna farm – a large part because I have had enough tests to see that the 40M doublet and DX Engineering DV-40-P Phased Array run neck and…

An Easy Cushcraft D40 Mod Adding 30M

The Cushcraft D40 rotatable dipole is a great antenna – and its the same element they use on their 40M yagi. Because it uses coils and cap hats  instead of traps, it fairly efficient for a shortened antenna. One way to really make this antenna sing is to add 30M. It can be done very easily by simply adding a wire below using standoff…