Interested in backpacking or some other
weekend ham hobby?
Click on the
link below to see more pictures and more ideas of
how you can take ham radio with you, and other backyard projects.
Thanks to Dan Yang K6DPY for these pictures and projects!
Thanks to club member NG6R, Jerry
Kendrick, who gave me the 200pf variable capacitor, I was able to
put together this magnetic loop antenna. Used some scrap RG-6
cable-TV coax that was lying around -- used it for both the small
and large loops. (Coax shield is aluminum so no soldering.) Bought a
$3 hula hoop from Sports Chalet. Found a suitable plastic electrical
box from Home Depot. A knob from Radio Shack, 3/4 inch PVC and scrap
plastic, etc. How it all came together is in the pictures. The big
pointer on the knob allows me to tune the variable capacitor while
keeping my capacitive hand sufficiently away from it.
I was pleasantly surprised how tolerant this design is to dimensions
and materials. I was concerned RG-6 coax would not be thick enough.
Turns out 1/4 inch diameter RG-6 gives me 70kHz bandwidth on 20
meters (from SWR 2.0 to 2.0). I've read articles on larger diameter
material use that provided less bandwidth. This antenna tunes from
7.94MHz to 19.84MHz at SWR 2.0 or less. Large loop: 91". Small loop:
22". Covers 17m, 20m, and 30m bands.