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Reviews Categories | Direction Finding equipment | FHL Fox Hunt Loop Help

Reviews Summary for FHL Fox Hunt Loop
FHL Fox Hunt Loop Reviews: 2 Average rating: 3.0/5 MSRP: $59.00
Description: Radio Direction Finding (1 to 500 MHz.)
Small 6 inch DF Loop (Weight 1.7 oz.)
Product is in production.
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KE0NC Rating: 1/5 Mar 27, 2016 17:49 Send this review to a friend
Pretty worthless  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I had made my own small loop at one time. It would be handy to triangulate a close transmitter, and over a large range of frequencies. Nulls were obtainable with it, but not in line with the loop as they are supposed to be. In fact, the nulls were often unpredictable, and always unreliable.

It was a tough decision to pay that kind of money for something so small and simple, but I decided to go with a commercial version. Instead of improved performance, the Arrow FHL had exactly the same issues as my homemade version.

Save your money and build one if you would like to try it. Hopefully you will have better luck with the concept than I.
AH6RH Rating: 5/5 Jun 30, 2008 00:28 Send this review to a friend
Good, but......  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Mechanically, the loops from Arrow Antennas are superbly crafted. But, a loop can be fickle to use.

You need the right size loop. Too large and it gives you ambiguous results. Too small, and you won't pick up much of a signal.

If you're too far away, you won't hear a signal to get a "null", as everything's quiet. If you're too close, the signal saturates the receiver and you can't get a null.

I find it better to put the loop on the VK3YNG sniffer, as you can "hear" the tone representing the signal strength go to a null, and the receiver autoranges the attenuation. However, instead of a loop, I'd normally use a plain whip or rubber duckie.

If you need a loop for VHF, this is good. (Or, you can get the UHF model for UHF.) It is small and light. But, for the most part, there usually is a better answer based on signal strength rather than a null of the signal.

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