KY6R “Post DXCC” Station

I’m back to the Elecraft K-Line, plus the DX Engineering NCC-2 and phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Imperium loops for receive. My 20M yagi has been replaced by this Cushcraft D40 rotatable dipole. I will do extensive A – B testing against the DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array, especially with ZS6CCY. The Inverted L that has a special home brewed UNUN / Balun base switching…

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…

How to Make the DX Engineering NCC-2 “Sing”

The NCC-2 has been an “elusive beast”. On Top Band, from a small suburban lot, the trickiest antenna effort I have ever had has been finding something that combats the man made noise and lets you hear very weak signal DX. I tried just about everything in the ON4UN Lowband DX Book, and have had what best could be described as a “meandering path”….

“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…

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 –…

KY6R Upgraded RX Antennas

Tomorrow at this time I will be listening to two phased active loops – one the superb Wellbrook ALA1530LNP, the the second, something I just have to try – the MFJ-1886. The MFJ just happens to be an open box special at HRO Oakland. Because its $50 off and has a full warranty, and because I won’t have to pay the additional drop shipping…