A big loop is probably best for
RX performance, but has to be, well, BIG - and robustly built.
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The Maynard derivatives, especially the ultralight DX series
(search uldx io-group) perform impressively,
but are heavy and, needing many ferrite rods, expensive to
You takes yer choice...
On 06/12/2020 17:59, jdow wrote:
My working levels came from a DoD receiver
specification that was lying around. Take two signals into the
receiver front end and vary their identical levels upwards until
the 3rd order IMD products were 1uv - if I recall correctly. The
test signal level in dBm plus 107 dB is the dynamic range. They
were looking for 80 dB. (None of that ARRL horse manure about
the sum of the levels - each signal was -27 dBm with IMD
products at -127 dBm. So I was testing around -20 dBm to -30
(And nothing really beats physical size for antennas. And a
simple loop can easily be large enough that you need a LOT of
ferrite to get equivalent performance. HOWEVER, there is the
detail that if the antenna is 0.1% efficient at MW a bigger
antenna will generally not give you better performance.)
On 20201206 09:30:02, Mag loop Simon
In my honest opinion..
Ferrite antennas are really down on sensitivity compared to tuned mag loops. ( tried it.)
Useful for dfing..but no one uses them for low noise dx Rx antennas..there is a good reason for this ..
Ok if one builds a ferrite antenna from LOTS of bars then they can start to be of use..but y? When can do much better with a rx only multi turn loop. ( less cost more Q etc.)
Re varicap diodes for tuning..been done for years..problem now is finding suitable diodes..and really they make any difference to imds etc with the small voltages developed across loop, ( unless real close to AM broadcast station etc.)
Main issue with remote high Q loop antennas is tuning..this can easy be got around with stepper motor..
I have alot of experience with loop antennas..I use a LARGE one for 160m tx..