Obtaining my full license in 1989 I was able to work most countries on all bands by way of my 60 ft Mast with a full size HF Cushcraft beam with 40 Mtrs add on. I also had a 6m beam and a 2m Yagi plus dual band 2m/70cm
I was then living in Berrynarbor Nr. Ilfracombe North Devon 30 years have passed and things in retirement are a little different. My wife and I have recently moved to a new house on an estate Near North Petherton Bridgwater. Thus the antennas have to be proportionate. See my MFJ 1788X Hi-Q Loop.
My Rig is a Yaesu FT 890. The main antenna MFJ 1788X Hi Q Loop takes some fine tuning and a little experience is needed with the accompanied Remote control unit in the beginning, but this antenna exceeds all expectations!
My EZ End fed (Part Stealth) is 16.1 meters in length and runs from the inside of the house loft area with a 1-9 Unun (not really needed) through to the SG 239 smart tuner (so no weather problems) and straight out through the gable block exterior wall. (which I insulated the end fed wire with rubber tube through the wall) It then turns immediately at right angles and the end fed runs over the garage roof terminating 3 meters high on a garden fence post. Making the 16.1 meters run.
The many memory settings of the SG239 makes matching easy and SWR is low. I can switchÂ from Antenna to Long wire thus giving me full coverage of HF bands and RX / TX through the EZ end fed while I am tuning the Magnetic loop. The EZ End fed wire antenna has
become my ears' listening to DX before I tune up my Hi-Q Loop to the same frequency for even greater and better DXing.
The MFJ 1788X Hi-Q Loop is placed on the side of the gable end and fitted horizontally.
(see picture Top Right.)
The loop is approximately 28 feet ( 9 Meters) from ground. Any less height would mean turning the loop Vertical.
QTH: North Petherton Bridgwater South West England UK