Chasing SOTA with a HF Magnetic Loop antenna 3 November 2013
Loads of SOTA activity this morning on 40m 7.085, 7.090 and 7.095 MHz. In preparation for today’s activations I moved the magnetic loop to the front garden and set up the FT857D on the out-door table.
Stations worked on the loop before and after UTC change were:
02/11/13 23:25 Marshall VK3MRG/P on VK3/VN-009 S5-7 R5-6
02/11/13 23:45 Peter VK3PF/2 on VK2/SM-059 S5-8 R5-8
02/11/13 23:59 Allen VK3HRA/P on VK3/VT-001 S5-8 R5-5
03/11/13 00:12 Marshall VK3MRG/P on VK3/VN-009 S5-1 R5-5
03/11/13 00:15 Allen VK3HRA/P on VK3/VT-001 S5-5 R5-8
03/11/13 00:18 Peter VK3PF/2 on VK2/SM-059 S5-7 R5-8
03/11/13 00:38 Ed VK2JI/p on VK2/HU-090 S5-1 R5-8
The 40 band conditions varied from minute to minute.
1 metre copper loop with a 200 mm inner loop. The inner loop is fed with a short length of RG-213. The inner loop is soldered directly to the coax inner conductor and outer braid. To tune the antenna adjust the variable capacitor for a low SWR.
For further details of the loop see: