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  • hikeofyourlife
    So many little projects left undone. I did something of a workaround here and it made a big difference I have a approx 100-foot random wire here in SoCal I use
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 12, 2014
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      So many little projects left undone. I did something of a workaround here and it made a big difference


      I have a approx 100-foot random wire here in SoCal I use for AM BCB and shortwave. I wanted something to help me with HFDL because my house is underneath power lines and everything is quite noisy. I alligator-clipped the input from the antenna to my 30-inch loop antenna inside, back out from THAT loop (which makes my BCB radio work great with no tuning) to my shortwave receiver (DX-440) and audio from that to PC-HFDL to decode airplane transmissions. Another wire from ground on shortwave radio to ground rod outside.


      I'm packing up to move so I won't build a preselector till next month but in lieu of that I also added alligator clips to my 1-meter loop made from fridge tubing and an air cap from an old AM-FM stereo. One clip from random wire to cap, from cap to 1M loop, then from loop to ground. Somewhat of a preselector, I guess, but I've at least doubled my HFDL decodes thanks to much lower S/N ratio. Still missing some transmissions, maybe an amp is next in line. Learning as I go here.


      Vince in SoCal soon to be much farther north


    • Brian Burns
      Hello Vince, How much farther north? I’m in Fort Bragg. Cheers, Brian Burns Ex: W5BRO, K6UCD From: loopantennas@yahoogroups.com
      Message 2 of 3 , Jul 12, 2014
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        Hello Vince,

         

        How much farther north? I’m in Fort Bragg.

         

        Cheers,

         

        Brian Burns  Ex: W5BRO, K6UCD

         

        From: loopantennas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:loopantennas@yahoogroups.com]
        Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 11:28 AM
        To: loopantennas@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [loopantennas] Preselector

         

         

        So many little projects left undone. I did something of a workaround here and it made a big difference

         

        I have a approx 100-foot random wire here in SoCal I use for AM BCB and shortwave. I wanted something to help me with HFDL because my house is underneath power lines and everything is quite noisy. I alligator-clipped the input from the antenna to my 30-inch loop antenna inside, back out from THAT loop (which makes my BCB radio work great with no tuning) to my shortwave receiver (DX-440) and audio from that to PC-HFDL to decode airplane transmissions. Another wire from ground on shortwave radio to ground rod outside.

         

        I'm packing up to move so I won't build a preselector till next month but in lieu of that I also added alligator clips to my 1-meter loop made from fridge tubing and an air cap from an old AM-FM stereo. One clip from random wire to cap, from cap to 1M loop, then from loop to ground. Somewhat of a preselector, I guess, but I've at least doubled my HFDL decodes thanks to much lower S/N ratio. Still missing some transmissions, maybe an amp is next in line. Learning as I go here.

         

        Vince in SoCal soon to be much farther north

         




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      • hikeofyourlife
        Will be kind of even...Reno
        Message 3 of 3 , Jul 12, 2014
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          Will be kind of even...Reno
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