Dave Sergeant wrote:
>From Dave G3YMC
My loop has been in use for well over 3 years now, so the following may clarify
recent discussion and surprise some used to 'conventional' vertical antennas.
1. Loops are largely unaffected by ground resistance. There is a small earth
coupling loss which reflects to a series loss resistance. The actual mechanics
this I have never understood, but the effective resistance of this is no more
0.5 ohms. There is no connection whatsoever between my loop and real ground
is grounded to mains earth), and the lower leg of my loop is just one foot above
ground. This is the big advantages of loops - they are effectively independant
On this basis there is a limit to how low you can sensibly make the wire
loop has a dc resistance of 0.1 ohms - it is constructed of 30A speaker cable,
conductors 2.5mm diameter paralleled. Because of the reflected earth loss (0.5
and skin effect losses increasing the wire size or using Litz would be a law of
2. Matching is via a capacitive network, there is no lossy loading inductance
system at all. Q is high, and bandwidth is about 100Hz. Contrary to what has
suggested, the resonance is stable and has stayed within a few hundred
I consider 20 hz too much and that is the tolerance to which I refer and
hundreds of hz.
When I was discussing variations of detuning recently between litz and
wire I considered 50 hz too much with the litz coil. My antenna wires are tight
strong gale force winds there is obviously some movement and this is more
the litz coil but still only around 50- 70 hz. Apart from these gales the
stable for months and needs no readjusting.
Anyone that I have worked on a loop puts out a very poor signal. A number of
have tx loops as well as verticals and when they switch to the vertical the
difference is tremendous, many db's stronger on the vertical.
Dave, I am not an expert on loops but your signal is barely audible with me
Hz all the
time it has been up. Match at resonance is always 1:1 (and an swr bridge is a
more relevant tool for loops than an rf current meter). Sometimes the wire sags
wind and resonance shifts by 300Hz or so - retensioning the loop quickly puts it
back. In heavy wind there is some evidence of match change but never anything
dramatic. The only effect seen is temperature coefficient change in the
network capacitors - between a cold winter morning and midday summer the
moves up by a few hundred Hz. All these changes can be accomodated by changing
switch settings on my match box. In a word, my loop is 'rock stable' and has
no attention for 3 years. It is always available for transmit with no messing
Not so my vertical. Bearing in mind it is not helped by a 300 ohm earth loss,
the fact that the tuning is very broad anyway, in the short time it has been in
it has gone off resonance/match after any small change in conditions - rain,
wind etc. It is infinitely more effected by the elements than the loop, and
constant attention to keep it in a useable state.
Hope this clarifies a few things.