Re: Tuned loop antenna


I am planning on spending a few days right on the beach in Maine again this Fall, and will bring it with me. Last year for some unknown reason the '360 would not switch to receive LW while I was there, although I have not had that problem at any other time before or after that vacation.


--- In ultralightdx@..., D1028Gary@... wrote:

<<< I have pretty much given up trying for TA LW on a ULR without an
amplified antenna. >>>

Hello Farmerik,

For receiving Longwave TA's on an Ultralight radio, you might want to
consider using your 7.5" LW plug-in loopstick with your PL-360 next
winter. Both Richard Allen (in Oklahoma) and Rob Ross (in Ontario) have
received multiple Longwave TA's from Europe and Africa using such an
antenna, and they are both a lot farther from the TA's (and the
Atlantic Ocean) than you.

73, Gary DeBock (in Puyallup, WA)

-----Original Message-----
From: farmerik <farmerik@...>
To: ultralightdx <ultralightdx@...>
Sent: Tue, Jun 28, 2011 1:55 pm
Subject: [ultralightdx] Re: Tuned loop antenna

I would like to hear more about your spiral loop antenna, such as the
wire you used, and the spacing between turns.

I also experimented with diamond weave and rook wound coils of 10-12
inches on both AM and LW. Mostly I was hoping for TA LW, but it never
happened. Each coil acted differently, that is for sure. I have pretty
much given up trying for TA LW on a ULR without an amplified antenna.
Now I am more interested in AM BCB. - FARMERIK

P.S. - Was that a typo about the 310 being worse than the 380 regarding
soft mute? I thought it was the other way around, but I can easily be

--- In ultralightdx@..., Rick Robinson w4dst@

Hi Nick,

If you are handy with a soldering iron, the PL-310 is very simple
modify for external antennas. See the group files section for the
"Laurie" mod to the PL-310. The PL-380 mod is more involved but
is a
better radio due to its lack of extreme soft mute and AGC issues
the '310 has. I have modified my '310 and 2 '380s for use with
antennas. The Si4734 will tune any antenna in the 180uH to 400uH
with its built-in 500pf - 20pF varactor. No need to purchase
tuning capacitors, it's all in the radio. I used 1/8" stereo
jacks on
my PL-380s, and depending on the type of jack you use,you can keep
internal ferrite bar in place and usable when the external antenna
not being used.

I use a 24 inch spiral wound loop antenna with an inductance of
with my ULRs. BTW, a spiral wound loop has much sharper peaks and
than ferrite bar and "box wound" loops and is much quieter than
bar antennas. However it is somewhat more difficult to construct
than a
"box wound" loop and is not as easily transported as a ferrite bar.

I've been using these modified ULRs for almost a year with no
at all. The Si4734 is a robust chip and does an excellent job of
external MW antennas without use of external capacitors.

Good DXing,

Rick W4DST

On 6/27/2011 6:47 PM, g4irx_uk wrote:

I've looked at some of the amazing ferrite rod antennas for

Has anybody tried a tuned loop antenna in place of the
ferrite rod, letting the si4734 do the tuning rather than a capacitor
on the loop? I have a large hexagonal loop and I'm considering mounting
the PL-380 on the loop frame itself, disconnecting the internal ferrite.


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