Hello fellow Hams and Baby Loop enthusiast. I just wanted to share the new look of my stealthy and camouflage Baby Loop antenna. I was actually pleasantly surprised how my paint job turned out after about five paint spray cans from the Home Depot’s Rust-Oleum camouflage series set.
I was a little bit worried that the paint may impact the performance, but to my second surprise, not one bit of SWR changed from bare to painted metal. This antenna just continues to impress me every time I turn on ICOM 7300 as I am getting a very impressive SWR from 1.1 to 1.6 across the entire 6600 to 29800 band…simply amazing.
With regard to DX, farthest contact has been Chile and Argentina on the southern end and US east coast to the East, and Hawaii to the west. I heard Guam and Saipan Islands last week, but they could barely hear me on 40 meters SSB. Antenna is only about 8ft above ground at my backyard at this time on a Yeasu 450A rotator.
The goal it to mount it on the roof one of these days to improve DX performance and hopefully the HOA will not notice…lol…I also think the paint will be able to extend and protect the bare metal from the natural elements, although, the construction, fit, and finish is top notch industrial grade quality.
So far so good, I am very satisfied and very pleased with this magnetic loop antenna system, the tuning with the ATU2.0 can automatically tune from the IC7300 and it can follow my rig’s VFO via the CI-V serial RS-232 interface.
Thank you Cirro Mazonni.
Cheers & 73s,
Dan – KM6VMR