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From: "J. B. Weazle McCreath" <[email protected]>
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Subject: LF: Re: Loop antenna problem W1TAG suggestion

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From: "John Andrews" <[email protected]>
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2005 10:45 PM
Subject: LF:Re: Loop antenna problem

> J.B.,
> There is another approach you might want to consider. Skip the single
> link altogether. Rather than the normal parallel tuning, series tune the
> loop into a transformer wound on a ferrite core. The turns ratio of the
> transformer will determine the Q of the loop. You might not want a
> high Q setup with a loop of that size.
> I have been using a 10 turn (on the loop side) to 20 turn transformer to
> couple to a 50 ohm termination. This places a nominal 12.5 Ohms in
> with the loop. A higher ratio would improve the Q, but this might be a
> starting point for you to play with. The core material in this case is
> but #43 or similar should be OK.
> The advantage of this arrangement is that the loop remains inherently
> balanced to ground, while giving you the flexibility of playing with the
> coupling. You may choose to put the preamp right at the transformer
> secondary, or run a coax line back to the shack. A short write-up on
> my arrangement is available at:
> John Andrews

Hello John, LFers,

Thanks for your suggestion on the series tuning setup.  Yesterday I tried
simple non-shielded single turn pickup loop but it was no different than
original shielded pickup.  I can't help but think that I'm getting led
the garden path by something, but I'm amiss as to what!

Do you suppose that because I used #12 wire, rather than the #20 that
Steve, VE3SL, used on his loop that my Q is too high and therefore the
bandwidth is too narrow?  I think I'll wind a toroid transformer today
based on your info (I checked your website too) and see if I can get
better results.

Niels had suggested I try a capacitive divider, but my collection of caps
doesn't have anything close to the values he recommended.  I'll keep on
plugging away at it until I get it to work.
This is probably the best approach for your loop, or any series or parallel
I use a parallel resonating approach on my 80 m perimeter vertical loop and
never had a problem.


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