"Cloud Warmer with just 1 wavelength": Well this is also not always true.
I normally do not comment on antennas unless I have built them and tried
them and then I "know". I will make an exception here and describe an
antenna which I never built, but it looked like a fantastic idea. :::
You can make a 1-wavelength loop, even at a low elevation, be a flat (DX)
radiator and it's quite simple. All you need is a little bit more feedline.
You feed the antenna in two opposite corners but 180 deg. out of phase. You
accomplish this with 1/2 rotation on one of the feedlines going to one of
the sides. The interesting thing is, it doesn't even have to be a full
wavelength to work well. If I recall correctly, it works even better with
3/4 wavelength which means you can have an 80m DX antenna on a small city
I am trying to recall where I read this. It was either in one of the very
early antenna compendiums or in CQ Magazine (about 1990).
The author of the articles was Paul Carr, N4PC, so maybe a search in google
would bring up some info on this. Or simply contact Paul (address is in
QRZ.com but no email address).
A second source on this is W6TC, George Badger, head of marketing for
A third source for this is John S. Belrose, VE2CV,
(Actually if you read this, it builds on Paul's work so you don't need to
look up Paul's original stuff.)
So you see Mabel, where there's a will, there's a way!
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