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…

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”….

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 –…

Phasing Two Active Loops for 160M RX

One active magnetic loop has an RDF of about 4 dB, which is not that great. On the air however, I find that my Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loop works well when used in the K3’s diversity reception mode. It is a bi directional antenna: The side nulls are actually quite useful. So, how can we greatly improve on this simple and easy to install antenna?…

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…