Building a Magnetic Loop Antenna Series for Beginners [Video]

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  1. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is the introduction to the Building a DIY Magnetic Loop Antenna for Beginners Series. Chameleon Antenna was kind enough to provide their new magnetic loop starter kit making this series possible. In this series we will show the operator how to use the DIY Magnetic Loop Antenna starter kit to build their own mag-loop antenna, according to their budget, their requirements, their specifications. I'm also new to the Starter Kit, and have only once built a 6 meter magnetic loop antenna to use with my Yaesu FT-817ND. So we are all kind of new to this.

    I'm giving a little more description that normally, because people who are not signed up for YouTube have complained about not being able to see the full description and links on an embedded video posted to

    Magnetic Loop antennas for amateur radio are increasing in popularity these days. The light weight, easy deployment characteristics of a magnetic loop antenna make them a popular choice for HOA restricted Ham radio operators, or for anyone who can't or doesn't want to deploy traditional supported dipole or wire type antennas in the field.

    Getting Started
    - First thing you might want to join the DIY Magnetic Loop Antenna Facebook group

    - Second, get yourself the Starter Kit from Chameleon Antenna, or source the components yourself

    - Next (only if you're interested, read the the OH8STN blog post which outlines his build plans for the series. You can find that blog here

    - Optionally, If you're not already a subscriber, subscribe to OH8STN at the SurvivalTech Nord Youtube channel

    The first video should be out in late January. New videos will be posted in the DIY Magnetic Loop antenna facebook group. I'll also spend time to provide help and feedback in the DIY Magnetic Loop antenna facebook group to help you with your own project.
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  2. OH8STN

    OH8STN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Last edited: Dec 24, 2016
  3. K3RW

    K3RW Ham Member QRZ Page

    An Eham review on the loop antenna said "
    "The awaited CHA RT-RR (mini Remote Tuner - Remote Rotator) will definitely increase the operating pleasure."

    I couldn't find it on the Chameleon website, but it is listed elsewhere.

    That should make things a bit easier for tuning without having to be right next to it to tune it.
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  4. N4UVR

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    Magnetic Loops are easy to build for DIY projects. Started with a loop made with hard line coax. Then went with 3/4" aluminum stock from Home Depot.
    Finally found a Cardwell 154 (12 - 244uf) variable capacitor with gear reduction to make tuning easier. Works great for QRP and portable operations!
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  5. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just picked up the kit, so how about we get started?
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  6. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great video, Julian!
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  7. KI6TRA

    KI6TRA Ham Member QRZ Page

    You can find the CHA RT-RR here: ANTENNA/CHA F-LOOP/CHA CHA RT-RR/CHA CHA RT-RR.html

    - C
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  8. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

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  9. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    So the title of this is more entice people to buy a product, than show how to build a loop.

    Or maybe I am missing a link?
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  10. KM6CND

    KM6CND Ham Member QRZ Page

    OH8STN has the task of building a Mag Loop and posting the results. I may have mine built before OH8STN gets started.
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