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A collection of thoughts, and my notes about experiments and ideas, technical or otherwise, connected to Amateur Radio, Satellite working and monitoring and other electronics.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A bit of 500kHz experimentation

The new cardboard box frame antenna with better wire turns out to be a bit better. A few dB increase of S/N has been gained.

The loop was at first connected to the HF-3 receiver, and gave some WSPR spots from local stations like PA0A, PA3EGO (also seen with QRSS) and PA3FNY, with relatively good signals if considerably lower than Joachim gets with his Octaplumb. Also G4JNT during night time and one or two other spots from G stations. All in all not very impressive, but not too bad for an antenna inside the noise field of the apartment. Also every night DI2AM with QRSS, and occasionally a good signal from OK0EMW.

A test with the ATS909 receiver, using just the built-in ferrite antenna gave surprisingly good results, almost as good as the cardboard loop with the HF-3, with DI2AM in every evening.

Test with the FT-817 gave a marginal improvement over the HF-3, maybe 1 - 2 dB.

Test with a FRG-100 receiver showed that the receiver is considerably more sensitive than the FT-817, but due to "antenna noise" (apartment noise) the improvement was again marginal, 1 - 2 dB.

The antenna has now been moved upstairs, still indoors, and another 1 - 2 dB has been gained. interesting to see how much signals will come from the G stations now.

An improved loop for outdoor mounting, like Joachim's Octaplumb will be built here, and some tests with larger transmit antennas are in the plans. Well, and a TX, too, probably beginning with some 50 - 100 mW, so ERP will be in the microwatt range.

This week I am having a visit from a friend staying over, so not much time for building activities, but after that it should go on.

I still have some experimentation on the Rockmites and a Warbler, so more than enough to do here.

Also some experiments with the TL592 amplifier for active antennas (LF,MF,HF) is in the thoughts here, such as variations on the antenna from this site

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