Friday, February 6, 2015

Simple Ham Radio Antennas: Ham Radio 10 Meter Loop Antenna, Part 1 of 4. Post #372.

One of my favorite amateur radio activities is making my own wire antennas out of available materials. Among the antennas in my modest antenna "farm" are full-wave loops for 80, 40, and 20 meters, usually made out of #12 AWG household wire and fed with RG-8X coaxial cable. My 80 meter loop is configured as a delta loop with the apex of the loop set on a Norfolk Pine branch approximately 50-feet/15.24 meters above ground. I can feed this loop with either coaxial cable for single band use or with 450 ohm ladder line, a 4:1 balun, and a transmatch for multiband use. The one loop I didn't have was one for 10 meters. I came across this excellent four-part series by Dave Tadlock (KG0ZZ) on making a loop antenna for 10 meters. I decided to incorporate Dave's ideas in making my 10 meter loop, including the important planning phase, as described in part 1. Although it may appear tedious to proceed this way, I found having a clear idea of what you want the antenna to do is a big help in avoiding mistakes. If you follow Dave's guidance, "Murphy's Law" will not be a concern. Parts 2, 3, and 4 will arrive shortly. Have fun...I did. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free email subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. You can find more amateur radio news by visiting my news site at: Thanks for being with us today! Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).