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…

“Emulating” a Wellbrook ALA1530LNP w/MFJ-1886 + MW550P

I just happen to have a Palstar MW550P Preamp Tuner for SWL and AM BCB DXing. I figure I would try it with the “anemic” MFJ-1886 loop. The Wellbrook ALA1530LNP has TWO preamps – one at the antenna (P1) and one in the controller (P2). I was able to “emulate” the Wellbrook using the MFJ-1886 and the Palstar MW550P. P1 is the MFJ-1886 antenna…

The Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loop vs. The MFJ-1886 Loop

The hands down winner – the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP I mentioned that I was very pleased with the MFJ-1886 loop – mainly because I was able to get an open box item at HRO Oakland, and none of it had been used. It was going to be a store display model, but they never went ahead and put it up. The store had several other…

Best 160M RX Solution Yet . . .

Phasing two active loops through the DX Engineering NCC-2 is a great Top Band RX solution for those who live on small lots in the suburbs. My “previous best” solution was using the DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M phased array as a 160M RX antenna, but in the “both” mode, there was no directivity that I could tell. By having two active loops on rotators…

MFJ-1886, Wellbrook ALA1530LNP and DXE NCC-2

The MFJ-1886 is an “entry level” amplified receiving loop that offers an amazing bang for the buck. The build quality is simply outstanding. It is even beefier and I think better than the Wellbrook ALA1530LNP in this regard. The amplifier is very respectable. Its certainly low noise and really makes a big difference. At $200 on an open box never been used sale –…