Just to make sure it wasn't band conditions that was affecting my results, I applied the same comparative testing on 40 meters. These pictures were taken seconds apart and show the same diminished results in gain and poor SWR when using the Stealth Loop placed outdoors on my patio (ANT1) as compared to the dipole antenna located in my attic (ANT2). While the ATU is showing a 1.0:1 match, the radio is seeing well over 3.0:1 to the extent that the power is automatically reeled back to protect the finals. The only variable from the other two days of operating this antenna is that it is raining today. It is in the same place and configuration as the other two days since I first began using it.
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This is brand new RG8X, 50' coaxial cable.