DX Engineering NCC-1 Redux

The first in the DX Engineering Receive Antenna Phasing Unit Line- the NCC-1 I’m not sure – but I think W8JI designed the MFJ-1026 phasing unit, and then bettered it with the DXE NCC-1 and finally the NCC-2. I had an NCC-1 and NCC-2, even though they were always on the expensive side. After making 9BDXCC – especially DXCC on 160M, I sold them….

KY6R Big Mag Loops on 80M and 30M

The Front to Back is even better on 80M than the AM BCB and 160M The gain is also higher on 80M than this plot – which is 160M The elevation and azimuthal patterns are the same on 160 and 80M I have noticed crazy good performance on 80M as well as 160M, but in some ways, these loops seem optimized for 80M. That…

The Best Receive Antenna System I’ve Ever Had

The KY6R Big Mag Loops – Two Phased 24′ Circumference up 3′ off the ground Up until recently, the best RX antenna system I have ever had was two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP’s phased through the fabulous DX Engineering NCC-2. That has changed, and changed dramatically. The KY6R Big Mag Loops greatly exceeds the performance. A classic Cardioid pattern that holds its shape from the AM…

FREQ 300 #41: Hong Kong – VR2XAN

40M Was Also Open Nicely for the ARRL DX Contest WOW – the bands are in great shape for the contest. I now have ZERO noise on all bands – or something close enough to zero – more on that in a minute. The ARRL DX Contest has got me all caught up with my FREQ 300 goals – which is to try to…

K3 Stereo Diversity on 40 and 80M

There was quite a bit of activity on 40M tonight Here is an example of a KE5 station who was weak – with diversity on. The UrbanBeam was on Ant1 – the transmitting antenna and fed to the main receiver, and the two KY6R Big Mag Loops are on the second receiver: And then a stronger station up in Seattle: I hope you can…

KTNN: The Navajo Nation

One of the most interesting AM radio stations out there – KTNN Kat and I were car camping in Utah years ago – we were at (Goblin Valley State Park), and since there were no FM radio stations to be heard that far out – we tuned the AM band. We were having some nice red wine at sunset and we heard this chanting…

The ON4UN Lowband DXing Book – 5th Edition – 10 Years Later

The ON4UN Low Band DXing Book I have absolutely revered the ON4UN Low Band DXing book – but it has a HUGE gaping hole in it. It doesn’t even mention magnetic receiving loops. Tom at his W8JI.com website does mention them, but they have been passed over for Flags, Pennants, K9AY Loops, Beverages, Double Half Delta Loops. Sure – if you have the acreage…

KY6R Big Mag Loop is Even Better on Top Band!

RDF is 9 and F/B is 27 dB – perfect for Top Band DXCC chasing . . .  This antenna system beats what I used to make DXCC on Top Band – which was two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP’s phased through the NCC-2. Turns out – its also killer on 80M.  

KBOI – from Zero to S8

Before the Wellbrook ALA100LN preamps – I did not hear KBOI in Boise, Idaho at all. That was a real surprise since its a Clear Channel 50KW station: They are a 50KW station, but at night are directional with their coverage Its amazing that before the Wellbrook ALA100LN’s I could not hear a peep out of this station, and now – they are very…

KY6R V2.0 (QRP, SWL, Experimenter)

Elecraft K3 with Win4K3Suite, NCC-2, Begali Sculpture Mono and test gear Now that the KY6R Big Mag Loops are done, and all modules are installed in the DX Engineering NCC-2, I was able to take a shack “action shot”. Speaking of Big Mag Loops: The KY6R Big Mag Loop Feedpoint – Wellbrook ALA100LN preamps I used a step drill bit to open a hole…