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I am taking 2 radio's with me to the Norfolk coast an Icom IC7000 and a Yaesu FT817nd I do not want to take 3 or 4 antenna's so what would you suggest, I have a homemade wire dipole no balun for 20m and prefer not to use a tuner unless I have to.

I have seen a moonraker Whizz Loop v2 which is 10-40m has any one used one of these and with what results or just keep with the dipole and then I can invert it and face it different directions, plus I can shorten it for lower bands. This will be my first time going portable so I am hoping you can help and save me messing around too much as I have limited mobility and everything takes me 4 times longer than it used to.

I don't really want to spend more than around £100 as it will only be used about twice a year.

Many thanks for any help offered.

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An idea might be a portable delta loop. I have one that covers all bands up to 40M but you will need a tuner. It packs down into a tube about 70cm long as its made from telescopic fishing poles. It comes with a mounting braket too so all you need is the tuner and some coax and a pole to fix it to. Its not too big and you can turn it in different directions.
I bought mine from a rally cost £45 inc bracket and only takes 5 mins or so to assemble as the antenna wire is already built into the fishing poles so they just need extending.

I bought it from someone on HRD who also sells radio stuff on a stall at the rallys but i cant remember the name - hope someone else can come up with the details

I hope this helps

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Many thanks for your help, I will try a Google search and see what comes up.

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Have a look at the Alexloop. The cheaper uk alternative is the g4tph loop. Ive had both and kept the Alexloop.
No tuner needed yet the Alexloop works as stated on thw tin. Not cheap, someti.es available secind hand though. I recommend them.
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Have a look at a "link dipole" sotabeams do them.

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They both look OK but the link dipole is easiest so may try for one of those while I wait to see if a loop goes up for sale that I can afford lol.

73's many thanks for your suggestions and use of the site.

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I've used the G-Whip 'widebander' from holiday lets in the UK. The internal ATU in a ts480 seemed happy with it too, so one less box to carry. But in essence its a 22m radiator wire, plus a 20m counterpoise (or earth stake instead) with a 9:1 UnUn, so easy enough to make.


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The loop m0ank is talking about is a prowip delta loop. I have one and it's very good but they are not made any more.
If you want to make one I can supply you with approximate lengths to cut and lengths of poles ect.

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G0JUR wrote:
Have a look at a "link dipole" sotabeams do them.


Definitely a good option. Resonant amd easy to change the band. I made one that covered 15M - 160M for a recent trip away amd it worked a treat. I used small croc clips for each band changer and cable ties in between. Just used some single sections of speaker wire amd just choose the bands you need and google 'dipole calculator' online to get the lengths. You will meed to have or borrow and antenna analyser to get it cut accurately.


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I appreciate all the advice and guidance but I'm still wondering if I would be best going for the buddy pole setup due to my limited strength and movement, it would be no problem if I were not disabled and still abe to move about easily.

Many thanks for all help and advice HRD is the best place for any information and guidance you guys are great.

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If youre springing that cash i would seriously urge you examine the Alex loop. On a small tripod its a fabulous aerial which works well

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G4YVM wrote:
If youre springing that cash i would seriously urge you examine the Alex loop. On a small tripod its a fabulous aerial which works well

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I will definitely look at the Alex loop, they do definitely get good reviews from the little bits I've read about loop antenna.
Cheers for info.

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Its a shame you're so far from me. I have one and it is very good. My mate Martin, M0MWS also has one and swears by it. Using Martin's antenna and a KX3 on 4 watts from Andover Club Jim, G4 NWJ, worked Brazil with ease.

I know that such claims are gold in the eyes of some, lead in the sight of others, but I offer them just to say that whilst I know a mag loop is a leap of faith, the Alex loop does just what it says on the tin.

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length of wire and small tuner .. keep it simple . I used to take a random length of wire on holiday , string as much up as you can where you can and run a wire off the tuner ,job done.. never failed to work station after station even with wire strung 6-8 foot off the ground, on hedges and along fences etc

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I am going to try a home brew loop may take a while to get it right but that's part of the fun when building your own things. I really appreciate all the advice given and have taken it on board, I will update this post when I've built some thing that works so may take me some time hi hi.

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