After Sunday's discouraging outcome, I decided to give the mag loop another little workout tonight during the 40 Meter QRP Fox hunt. Even though I'm dog tired after a long day at work, I had enough energy to give it a shot.
I must say that I'm getting pretty darn good at putting it together. It's getting to the point now that I can be on the air within 5 minutes. I do need to get a better tripod, though. My little Buddistick minipod doesn't offer enough stability.
At any rate, tuning the capacitor was once again a breeze, and I found Todd N9NE rather quickly. He had a great signal, as always; and he's such a great op that it wasn't hard to figure his split. I got him on my second or third call. What's nice about the loop is that I was able to rotate it for maximum signal strength from Todd. He was his usual strong 559 and I received the same in return.
Even though I usually have a pipeline to Todd in Wisconsin, it was nice to have another success with the loop. I'd still rather use a conventional antenna whenever possible, but it sure is nice to have another reliable RF arrow in the quiver. After some 39 years of "More wire ....... and the higher, the better!", it's hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that a 3 foot diameter loop at no more than a few feet off the ground works at all, let alone that it seems to work well. Physics and results don't lie, I guess.
Conventional wisdom isn't so conventional - again. Maybe I need to go search for some of that "unconventional" wisdom.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!