Buying a Single Band Delta Loop
April 7, 2016 Leave a comment
Even with this tiny set up of radio and antenna, I could enjoy some nice chat with my old friends on 40m band. Their fancy antennas helped me to have the QSOs in unstable band conditions. Shin JA1NUT has a 3 element yagi and also Atsu JE1TRV has 2 element. Their RST were 599 to 599++. Speaking of QRP, if your friends’ RST are like this, it’s easy to have QSOs. However, if its 539 to 559 here, it will be tough to get their replies.
Recently, I have been thinking to purchase a Delta Loop antenna for 15m band. It’s a single band antenna and light enough to mount on the mast where the current compact 3 band dipole ( for 20/15/10m ) sits on. Some may ask why I will use the single band antenna instead of QRV on the other bands; 20m and 10m.
The reason is very simple. I don’t chase DXCC and this antenna will be fixed to aim just north direction that covers EU and the US. Besides, I have wanted to have some sort of LOW NOISE antenna. I was astonished to see some videos that show the comparison among vertical, dipole and delta loop. The noise of Delta Loop wad significantly lower than that of the rest. And as its characteristics, Delta Loop has lower radiation angle than dipole antenna.
There is a 2 element Delta Loop at the web shop I purchase but unfortunately my mast of the roof wont bare with its weight. For me, it’s comfortable to enjoy QSOs on a single high band. If the condition permits, I will be able to have some chats with the stations in the US and EU and if the condition is not good, I can give up sitting in front of the rigs without any painful reluctance.