Taming The NCC-2 Beast

I’m wrestling with several variables at one time – the NCC-2 is an enigma wrapped in a riddle The NCC-1 and NCC-2 are very interesting units, but quite “counter-intuitive”. Couple this with two antennas of different types and two different ways to feed these signals into the K3, and to top it off – two antennas can be rotated. “Tuning for a Null” is…

NCC-2 and 40M (UrbanBeam and W6LVP Loop)

I’m very pleased with the NCC-2 on 40M – it is doing what I was hoping it would Like the SteppIR UrbanBeam, I paid a “dear” price – one that arguably was a bit beyond what I usually would consider a bargain of any sort. HOWEVER, these two products are so unique and special in what they do – I am quite pleased that…

40M Noise Elimination Experiment: NCC-2 Setup

The configuration that I will be using with the NCC-2 Neither 7300 or KX-3 have RX in ports, so the RTR-2 built into the NCC-2 handles that. Setting the Bias Tee on in CH B will send the correct voltage to the W6LVP loop. The phasing controls will then let me phase the TX and RX antennas for best S/N. So the NCC-2 was…

DXE RTR-2 and Wellbrook ALA150LNP?

My IC-7300 or KX-3 could benefit from this The noise problem at my QTH can be solved – if I care to spend about $599 on a solution that includes a DX Engineering RTR-2 and Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. At QRP levels – and having the UrbanBeam up 65′ and the RX antenna at least 1/4 wavelength away – I’d be more than covered. My rigs…

Phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loops on 160M

I know I’m repeating myself – but having two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loops phased through a DX Engineering NCC-2 is pure joy for the space constrained suburban lot dweller. I just made my 160M QSO with KH1/KH7Z using just a Cushcraft MA160V and 600 watts from the ACOM 1010 – driven by my new all time fave rig – the ICOM-7610. The new gear just…

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 My 20M yagi has been replaced by this Cushcraft D40 rotatable dipole.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 –…