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Amplifier for Small Magnetic and Electric Receiving Wideband Antennas
- 4 remotely switched modes (Loop A, Loop B, crossed parallel loops A&B and dipole)
- Each mode can be switched immediately
- Good sensitivity and a flat frequency response
- High dynamic range
- Protected input from strong signals
- High immunity to local noise with balanced amplifiers and balanced feed line
- Balun transformer coupling for common mode noise reduction
- Extensive documentation manuals with detailed description how to build your own small antennas
Variable Delay Line Kit for Wideband Active Antenna Phased Arrays
- Variable delay settings from 0 to 75 ns
- Wideband – 0.5 to 14 MHz ( 30 MHz)
- Preprogrammed firmware and software for 4-directional 2-element phased array
- The distance between elements can be determined by the user according to his environment.
- Permits closely spacing of the array s elements.
- Software control for 4-directional array via com-port
- Separate keyboard for direction control without PC
- Unique dual mode array with AAA-1 amplifiers
- Extensive documentation with circuit diagrams and how to build your own phased array
- Building block for larger active antenna arrays
Result form other hams
Tests by SDRplay
Small wideband receiving active antennas have been widely used in amateur radio and commercial world for years. Generally there are two types – small electric dipole (or monopole) antenna and small magnetic loop antenna. Recently the interest in these antennas in the ham radio community is increased due to several factors:
Urbanization leads to inability for radio amateur to use antennas with large sizes
Increased man made noise originated by human technologies such as power lines, radio, TV and other…
Existence of excellent wideband software defined radios (SDR) where the natural choice is a wideband antenna.
To solve all these problems we decided to build a wideband amplifier which is able to use both electric and magnetic small antennas so that the user can choose the best antenna for his/her particular environment and propagation and to solve for himself an ongoing dispute as to which small antenna is better – the electric or the magnetic. Building the appropriate small antenna is left to the user – this reduces significantly the costs and moreover – the user can build antennas with different efficiency: bigger or smaller loops, dipoles and verticals, crossed loops etc. according to his/her interests and needs. Also two mutually orthogonal loops can be switched thus making possible the use of the directional properties of the loop antennas to reduce selectively the man made noise sources or interfering stations. It is always an advantage to have several antennas which can be switched quickly in order to have the best receiving for the moment. This amplifier is also capable to use a novel concept – crossed parallel loops which enables to increase substantially the sensitivity of the small wideband loops.
This amplifier combined with an appropriate small antenna has good sensitivity and a flat frequency response in a range of almost 3 decades. It is not a surrogate antenna and in certain conditions with properly sized loops and dipoles it will fulfill the requirements of the DX-ers. The immunity of this small antenna to a local man made noise is very good and in urban environment very often better reception can be achieved compared to larger sized antennas.
The active antennas can be combined to obtain single direction properties – the so called phased arrays. The basic principle is that the signal from one of the element is delayed with delay line and subtracted from the signal from the other element. A very important feature of these arrays is that they are inherently wideband. Also the distance between elements is small – it is possible to build directional antenna with very closely spaced active small elements which fits in a small yard even for medium wave band.