Re: My wiz bang AM / FM antenna pictures (NEW! Mk V - PB)
- The first "box" loop was a "Mk I - SB".
(SB for Shipping Box)
The NEW Wiz bang AM antenna is the "Mk V-
PB", PB for Pizza Box. I call it the "Mk V" for
getting five wraps around the box fairly straight,
despite just eating the pizza, that was in the box
and having two beers (or five). (ha-ha)
It works about as good as the shipping box version,
may be a tad less, the wires are closer together and
the frozen pizza box is exactly 12" x 12". The
shipping box was "SB" 12" x 13.625" and wider.
The pizza box is better because it's thinner and fits
behind the dresser easily.
Delusion? (ha-ha) No this is not a great, "ultimate",
wiz-bang antenna, but for my needs to get the
50KW or 10KW stations down the street, it's fine and
better than the wire I was running around the room
that picked up signal but noise like crazy.
I suspect it's as good as the other non-tuned loops
you get with consumer electronics, but no where
near a larger tuned (resonate loop).
Since the two stations (680 & 850) are in the same
direction, close and shooting out gobs of power,
it works. Other wise with no antenna the Aiwa AM
radio gets bupkis. To be honest in 10 years I never
used the AM radio on the stereo.
Now that I have this Mk V - PB antenna, from the
comfort of my bedroom I can listen to Rush
Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity and other shows about,
UFO's, Alien's, Gov conspiracies and how to live
to be 100 years old by eating (or not eating).......?
Oh, may be that is why I never connected the
I did "test" the Awia Mini Stereo with a "real"
antenna and against a solid AM radio.
I connected my active wire LOOP antenna to the
The above active TG34 loop connected to the Aiwa did
better than Mk V - PB antenna, but not by much. However
when I use that loop on other radios they come alive.
To be fair when you tune the loop the Aiwa did respond
but just not like other radios with loop sticks. There
are two ways to connect, direct or through a loop-stick
I used my Sony ICF-34 (cheap portable/table-top
am/fm/tv/wx radio) to compare to the Aiwa mini
stereo with the Pizza box antenna. It was not
impressive, to say the least. The two stations are
50kw and 10kw day transmitters (5kw night), so its
not a technical miracle.
Info on two strong stations from Radio locator:
The stations are close and the Pizza box behind the
dresser is aimed at the two close stations, mission
accomplished, 50-cent antenna. As I said turning the
Pizza box 90 degrees does cause even these strong
stations to get some static (ie rejecting the signal).
The two strong stations sound excellent on the
Awia, but weak stations where stronger on the
Sony. The Sony also heard stations the Awia could
not, even moving the Mk V -PB antenna around.
The Awia really picked up crazy noise in spots.
Also the location of the 1st floor bedroom, inner
walls is not very ideal. My radio room is 2nd floor
near corner windows.
Still the Sony ICF=34 compared to the Aiwa stereo
just ignored noise, suppressing partly or totally
(better gain, BW, filters?). I had this Sony radio in
the closet (got it free at time-share deal), thinking it
was junk. I'm impressed, it really works (but it's
not a RCA Superadio III I am sure).
If I connected a long-wire to the Aiwa stereo's AM
radio antenna input, would it become a DX
machine? Yea but not a good one I think. It's
digital tuning is locked into 10 Khz steps.
Conclusion, if you want a 'LX' antenna for strong
local stations, the Wiz-bang, ultimate, Mk pizza
box will work. Most of these stereos come with
some kind of loop, which probably do as well, but
for fun build one and see how it compares. I am
sure changing wraps and size you can tune it.
A nice light wood frame, with some varnish would
look classy, verses the Pizza box. Of course if you
are going to make a loop a 2 foot'er with a air
capacitor to "resonate" would be time well spent.
--- In email@example.com, Jim
Dunstan <jimdunstan@...> wrote:
> > > For me, receiving stations at night is not DX.... a different kind of DX
>>I wouldn't go so far as to say there is no DX at
>>night. If you can pull in a 5kW station from
>>1000 miles away, I'd say that probably qualifies.
>>I agree, though, that hearing a 50kW station
>>from 1000 miles away is no big thing. It's hard
>>not to hear it unless you have nearby stations on
>>the same frequency.
> Hi Jay,
> You are right, MF DXing at night is a different
>situation. Trying to receive a particular low
>power station at night is a matter of dealing with
>QRM from all the other stations that may be
>coming in on the same or nearby frequencies.
>Using the null of the antenna with other special
>techniques such as signal phasing the DX station
>can be brought out of the QRM. As I mentioned,
>my DX is daytime DX ... which is basically a
>matter of maximizing signals ... and QRM is not a