Gasparik Richard wrote:
I have build an loop antenna (project of DF3LP). I find that the
sensitivity of the loop with preamp is very low. DFC39 is normaly 50-60dB
over S9 on my LW antenna, but with loop antenna it's 30dB less.
The "gain" of this antenna is approx. -60
dB, approx. 30 dB down compared to my vertical.
So the simple preamp as described *plus* a
Dual-Gate MosFet in front of my first mixer stage
are sufficient for hearing/seeing reasonable
background noise levels even on "quiet" winter
I tuned it for the maximu with serial caps.
Hmm... I remember using *parallel* caps so that the
loop acts as parallel tuned circuit! Do you apply
rigid Flexwell cable or similar for the frame? I
found a significant difference using rugged air
insulated cable compared to thin coax (60 Ohms) of
unknown origin at the same geometry. RG213 or better
Compared to other loop designs the bandwidth is
*broad* and it was difficult tuning the mid
frequency right on the amateur band by fixed caps.
Directivity is very good (more than 40dB at
90 degrees). It's normal or not ?
Yes, I found more than 50 dB of directivity at
ground wave (!) propagation.
The main goal for building this loop was (i) nulling
out the LORAN splatter from SYLT as sharp as
possible and (ii) shielding the E-field as much
73 es gl de DF3LP