Topband: Using shielded CAT5 data cable as feedline for active antenna; benefits of multi-turn K9AY loop/SAL/etc?
k9ay at k9ay.com
Sun Jan 3 20:50:35 EST 2016
Pete & all:
I have done a number of experiments with multi-turn K9AY Loops and flags. I have only made brief mentions in print, mainly in last year's NCJ article. Still sorting out the most useful data from a number of observations.
In short, what W8JI says is true -- larger conductors increase the signal level, and parallel multiple loops do the same. The mechanism is more complicated than simply reducing losses, involving the interactions with the fields. I'm still working on that analysis.
One piece of data is that increasing the spacing between multiple, parallel loops also increases signal level (gain). This is on a scale of inches to a couple feet, so it's not array gain.
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:45:43 -0500
From: Pete Smith N4ZR <n4zr at contesting.com>
To: topband reflector <Topband at contesting.com>
Subject: Topband: Using shielded CAT5 data cable as feedline for
active antenna; benefits of multi-turn K9AY loop/SAL/etc?
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I was recently reading a web page by LZ1AQ
<http://www.lz1aq.signacor.com/>. It is full of fascinating data and
design equations for the use of small magnetic loop antennas. There
were two points, in particular, that caught my layman's attention:
1. He recommends using shielded CAT5 data cable with RJ-45 connectors
as feedline. The obvious advantage is having three pairs left over for
voltage supply and control. See
<http://active-antenna.eu/amplifier-kit/> for more information.
2. He cites experimental data showing that coplanar crossed loops and
multi-turn quad loops both offer very significant improvement in the
recovered signalcompared with a single loop. See
check whether I got this right. Anyway, it occurred to me to ask if
anyone has ever tried multiturn K9AY, SAL or flag/pennant receiving
antennas, and did you see something similar?
Any other critiques of his design would be appreciated. The price is
certainly right, and the construction looks good. A couple of 1-meter
coplanar loops wouldn't be at all hard to construct.
73, Pete N4ZR
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