Topband: Loop query

Mike Waters mikewate at
Sat May 20 18:31:22 EDT 2017

The answer depends on a few things.

1. How high this this loop going to be?

2. Is it going to be parallel with the earth (horizontal) or vertical?

3. Do you want to work just the surrounding states, all of North America,
DX, or all of the above?

A horizontal loop on 160m is an NVIS antenna, and will not be as effective
for DX as an Inverted-L. Check out this page:

I'll let others take over, I have things going on here right now.

73, Mike

On Sat, May 20, 2017 at 4:55 PM, jcjacobsen at <jcjacobsen at> wrote:

> How do Top Banders,
> I've got a "theory" question for the collective group.
> Think Field Day. Full wave loop on 75/80 meters. Coax fed with a 2:1
> balun. (I know, use ladder line and a Match Box). Is it usable if you use
> ladder line down to near ground level into the balun, and coax from there?
> OR does/should the balun be up in the air at the loop itself?? We're
> thinking put the balun down near ground so the weight isn't up in the air..
> Remember, field day and temp install.
> What say you all??
> 73
> K9WN Jake

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