I had been experiencing a somewhat erratic and intermittent SWR/Tuning problem. Sometimes the tuning cycle would never end, and the only way out was to turn the controller off. As I was soon to be moving house, I simply ignored it, and packed up the loop. It was when I came to install the loop at my new location that I discovered the problem - a mouse nest! A mouse had made a very comfortable nest for itself in the bottom mounting box of the loop. This box is hollow, and obviously there is sufficient room for a small animal to enter. I cleaned out the nest, and blew out any remnants with compressed air, and this seems to have solved the problem. It might pay to occasionally examine the mounting box for unwanted residents!
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