SWL RX ANTENNA HELP NEEDED

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SWL RX ANTENNA HELP NEEDED

Post by WARLOCK » 13 Apr 2017, 21:12

Would a AM PRO antenna mounted quite high be any good for just RX on the sw bands if so which one should i buy ? radio is a AOR AR-3000A , It seems to be quite a decent receiver just need a decent antenna to use with it any thoughts please

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Post by paulears » 13 Apr 2017, 22:22

Short wave? What do you want to listen to? I had to look am pro up , to discover it's a make - so looking at them, they seem to all be HF aerials, so that's what you're after? They also seem to be mostly mobile types, so not much use up in the air? Perhaps a long wire, or simple dpole, or something else would be better - and much cheaper to experiment with.

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Post by Admiral » 13 Apr 2017, 22:56

I have AMPRO mobile antennas, but for just that, mobile, their coil is generally as long as the whip, so they are a compromise for TX/RX to save me having 40 metres of wire hanging off of my car, homebase they'll work for RX, but not as well as a dirty great run of cable.
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Post by nay27uk » 14 Apr 2017, 13:31

I would recommend a simple SWL Magnetic Loop antenna.

I made mine some time ago now and although only used indoors it works fantastic because it is tunable also.
Mine is 1 meter wide with the feed loop being about 13" both loops made from 10mm Copper Tubing.

Just google SWL Magnetic Loop Antenna I got my idea from THIS SITE but mine is made differently, mine sits on top of a wooden box that houses an Air Variable Capacitor, my loops can be rotated by 360 degrees by hand.

see picture for better understanding.

That website should give you a rough starting point though.
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Post by ch25 » 14 Apr 2017, 18:38

Any wire dipole or loop antenna will outperform Ampro.
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Post by Admiral » 14 Apr 2017, 19:34

ch25 wrote:Any wire dipole or loop antenna will outperform Ampro.
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Yes, as a base antenna, but as a mobile antenna then AMPRO perform very well for the money, I have several, and our friends at Moonraker stock the full range.
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Post by GRUBSCREW » 15 Apr 2017, 19:05

I have a G Whip receive build quality is fantastic you don't need a ATU (Preselector) I Iive
in Spain most mornings listen to the Australian nets I have a few receivers works well with all of them.
Been a SW Listener for Sixty Years tried most antennas with this one put it up and listen to the world.
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Post by WARLOCK » 16 Apr 2017, 09:00

HI GRUBSCREW which G Whp are you using as i have been on there site and they do so many antrnnas ?

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Re: SWL RX ANTENNA HELP NEEDED

Post by GRUBSCREW » 17 Apr 2017, 17:11

Hi they do a receive antenna just look for that.

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