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Reviews Categories | Antennas: HF: Vertical, Wire, Loop | Wellbrook ALA-1530 Active Magnetic Loop Antenna Help

Reviews Summary for Wellbrook ALA-1530 Active Magnetic Loop Antenna
Wellbrook ALA-1530 Active Magnetic Loop Antenna Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $200 £ + charge
Description: Active Magnetic Loop Antenna for medium and short waves listening operations
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G4PNF Rating: 5/5 Feb 25, 2013 11:09 Send this review to a friend
Just brilliant   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am in a town centre QTH and the only practical transmitting antenna I can have is an end fed wire. I have S9 of noise on 160m and S8 on 80m.
The Wellbrook loop has transformed my receive performance. The signal to noise ratio on most signals greatly improved especially on 160m. The Wellbrook loop has made these bands usable and pleasurable in a way that was not possible before. From 40m upwards the improvement in RX is not so dramatic but switching to the loop is quite often advantageous to improve copy.
VK4SX Rating: 5/5 Sep 3, 2012 15:22 Send this review to a friend
Terrific addition  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
what a terrific addition to a ham shack located in a city area especially if you wish to work the lower bands, fantastic really, and Andy replies very quickly to any questions, shipping is also very fast, PLUS at a reasonable International rate, no freight gouging, the loop it's self is very very well constructed, very robust, everything supplied, works extremely well, the day it arrived, I was ready to go, installed it, and was listening to a VK2 on 7075 at 4pm Local time, and underneath his transmitted signal, I could hear South American stations as clear as, sure won me, I had built a couple of RX/TX loops over the years, but nothing in the class of this product, what ever the advertising spiel says, it does. and is cheap for the produced results.
IK1XPP Rating: 5/5 Nov 30, 2011 07:53 Send this review to a friend
Amazing!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Being struggled by local electrical noise I took a long deal on reading various product reviews also there on eHam site and finally I convinced myself.
I bought Wellbrook ALA 1503L directly by Andy who's an excellent person.

What can I say about ALA??

Amazing and awesome antenna, I've now been able to receiving stations that my Inverted "L" doesn't to mainly on 80 mtrs.
I also use this little jewel to monitoring Utility Stations, BCL as well.
It has been mounted over a small TV rotator, just 1 meter above the ground into my backyard and away from my house.
Over LW, MW, 160 and 80 m bands you can take advantage of its "NULL" property.

I usually use ALA1530 on my Yaesu FT1000 utilizing RX Antenna function and also on my HF Receiver by an antenna switch.

It is not so cheap but absolutely worth the money..
AUSSIE Rating: 5/5 Oct 22, 2011 01:22 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I already own the Wellbrook-ALA1530/330S recently also bought the 1530L after saw what an excellent performance after i convinced a friend to buy one the key to these loops is to keep them away from buildings 5 metres required and they dont need to be high out of all the loops cannot say one performance better than the other
mainly monitor hf aero/ndb/volmets Andy Ikin has done an excellent job with these loops cannot wait to put them on rotators.
IW7CDL Rating: 5/5 Oct 20, 2011 07:06 Send this review to a friend
An excellent product!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This review isn't just for the antenna, please read the complete review;
The ALA-1530S+ a perfect piece of hardware, well built using first quality components and properly assembled.
The perfomance are as expected, AWESOME!
I'm using it connected to my R-5000 and to my TS-590S with a switch.
It makes the difference and it's a HUGE difference compared to my vertical or my dipoles.
What I really want to highlight, which is the main reason of this review, is the professional performance and the great attitude of Andy (Andrew)Ikin.
He followed my order from the very first minute till the delivery of the loop.
There were some issues with the delivery address and he tracked and fixed these issues promptly and I wasn't involved in this process at all.
This is a GREAT example of CUSTOMER CARE.
This behaviour deserves to be disclosed in public.
Thanks a lot Andy.
I raccomend the magnetic loop not only for the performance, the quality and the price but also for the customer care.
4NRADIO Rating: 5/5 May 16, 2011 20:13 Send this review to a friend
An Excellent Performer  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
For the last few months I've been doing some methodical comparing of the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio of many stations as heard through the Pixel Technologies RF PRO-1A and Wellbrook Communications ALA1530 active loop antennas. Using the spectrum analyzer qualities of the Perseus SDR receiver I've been able to be very objective on which loop antenna gives the best reception on all the LW, MW, and HF bands.

I've written a detailed review of the two loops which contains S/N charts for all bands, plus a selection of "A-B" comparison MP3 recordings and the original MS Excel spreadsheet file of raw S/N data available for download.

I've sent the review to some DX hobby web sites for possible publication, but Wellbrook has chosen to make the PDF file available now for download from their site:

I hope you find the comparison review useful. It was very interesting and refreshing to use a receiver like Perseus as a S/N measuring tool rather than just making observations "by ear" as I've done for all my previous reviews and articles over the years.
G8NLY Rating: 5/5 Mar 16, 2011 15:06 Send this review to a friend
Works as described!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Using this for some H fields tests as well as listening on the HF bands. Well made, waterproof, recommended for listeners with a restricted space or noisey environments
G3RCE Rating: 5/5 Feb 4, 2011 08:36 Send this review to a friend
This small 1m loop is superb  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The noise level on my 60foot vertical is often S9 on 80 and 160
with the 1530 it is S3 and enables me to copy 100%
signals on 160 and 80 that are almost unreadable on the vertical.

I have now sold my K9AY loops, just too big and noisy in my small plot.

Highly recommended and British too.

73 Rob G3RCE
AUSSIE Rating: 5/5 Apr 5, 2010 03:22 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I boght the Wellbrook-ALA1530 Active Magnetic Loop in 2009 out of frustration getting to much noise on hf with no resul finally it has been the best hf receiving antenna starting to enjoy the hobby monitoring hf aero put the antenna up 5 metres high & around the same distance from the house with excellent results will be adding a rotator shortly end a stridsberg passive multicoupler radios i am using are Aor-3000A,Palstar-R30A,Icom-R75 coming soon.
NL7Y Rating: 5/5 Nov 8, 2008 20:13 Send this review to a friend
Amazing!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
On my 120x120' city lot with big trees I have an Inverted-L (about 80' up, 50' out) with five tuned elevated radials for 160M, two dipoles crossed 90 deg for 80M at 65-75', and a 3-el Steppir for 40-6M at only 55'. And all these aerials are exposed to three adjacent power lines within 500' and several commercial businesses, one of which is an electrical supply store with every noise generating lighting appliance known to man lit and on display. My noise level varies typically from S5-9+ on all bands. Naturally, any signals in my noise floor are compromised.

Out of frustration, I recently installed a Wellbrook 1530s+ loop on a mast and TV rotator off the end of my roof at about 27' AGL. So far the ability to hear stations on the low bands 160-40M has been amazing depending upon the band, with typically three S-unit nulls off the sides of the loop towards local point noise sources. And while it generates up to two to three S-unit lower signals off the ends, what I hear on the loop is far more quiet and readable. Stations that I can't hear on 160M from EU on the Inv-L are often Q5 on the loop, presumably due to the reduction in local E-plane hash and RF. It hears directionally within about +- 15 deg on 160-40M, and it appears to have a wider directional sensing window above the 30M band. It often hears as well or better than my 40M Steppir dipole into EU. It's not a Beverage or K9AY loop, but neither is there any room for them. The unit is very well built, expensive, but who cares about price to be able to finally hear better in my environment?

In my experience noise nullers (MFJ 1026 for example) work fine with single-point sources, providing the sense antenna can generate a strong correct signal. But with multiple noise sources about, mine was overwhelmed and relatively useless compared with the Wellbrook loop.

My loop plus some SW listener reviews:
The direct vendor:

73 Gary NL7Y
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