I am reading all of this and actually it is quite comical.
Since I designed the Helically Loaded magnetic loop antenna my QRZ page has grown over
14,000 hits in one year. The reason is that people that hear my signals on the bands are blown away with the results,
thus they go to my page to see what I am using for the antenna.
I constantly get reports that I am the strongest signal that is being heard on the particular band, this is an everyday
occurrence. I constantly break pile up's even when I have the disadvantage of the east coast stations that are 10 to 20 Db
stronger then me, or should be. I have a 1800 mile disadvantage to Europe but I still compete on a regular basis with
my magnetic loop antennas that are less then 5 ft off the ground.
If you are still a non believer look for me on 17 meters, no matter where you are located if there is a band opening
you will hear me.
It cracks me up to hear all the naysayers that only believe what their calculations are telling them.
I really don't care if someone doesn't believe, if you have a restricted CC&R or HOA issue build one of these antennas
you will not be able to get a better signal out with anything else that you can erect on your lot.
What actually matters in the end is that I can work ANYTHING on the band and I can hear better then most antennas.
Most of my signal reports are excellent.
I also logged over 200 contacts comparing my single element Helical loop to a dual element design.
Averaged over 200 contacts plus switching multiple times to factor out QSB.
By the way I am very good at this, I spent thousands of hours in my career doing comparison/reference field testing gathering data like this.
So the person stating that this type of data is not correct, I guarantee you are assuming too much.
Also for the guy that stated that my comparisons between the dipole and the loops are not correct, you are right!
The problem is that no matter which direction either antenna is pointing the end result is that the average signal strength
is always better or equal with my loops. I also have an elevated fed single band ground plane which utilizes 45 deg sloping radials.
It has a flat vswr and works as good as could be expected on 17 meters. It is basically a text book perfect ground plane tuner for only one
band, no compromise. My 2 element helical magnetic loop in which the lower loop is only 4 ft above ground blows the vertical away, all the time.
It also receives so much better then the vertical that many times I cannot even work the same station when I switch to the ground plane vertical.
This reminds me of the way a pharmacist will tell you that all these drugs that you are taking will help you.
All they do is complicate the underlying issues and kill you in the end with a slow and painful death.
Basically allot of BS to cover up something that facts will show you that it works.
Unless you build one of these antennas and do it correctly; you will never know.
There are at least 20 stations that have built these and communicated back to me that there loop works as good
as any of their other antennas plus receive is far superior.
If you check Google you will find dozens of web sites that picked up my YouTube video's when they heard me on the air.
Many of them are European sites.
I guess that all that matters in the end is that the math doesn't work.....Hi Hi
If you go to my QRZ page you will see a quote from VK2DX; "Best punch for antenna footprint" I've ever heard on 20m.
This may not outperform a large beam at 60 ft but it works the same stations Q5 all the time.
So nit picking a few Db is worthless.
No tower needed, only a step ladder....................
Now I am waiting for all the flack from you know who!
Have fun and make sure that you listen carefully to all the GURUS that respond to this!
Yours Truly...........73 from K8NDS Cottonwood Arizona