At over 21 feet in total length with the Booster Cable installed, the Alpha Loop has the most surface area (for superior skin effect) of any manufactured small transmitting loop. This 10 through 80 Meter Alpha Loop with 6:1 vernier reduction drive offers you a light 10-40 Meter 30 watt PEP SSB (approximately 15 watts CW) transmit/receive antenna in a small package that deploys in 2 minutes. The 40-80 meter Booster Cable enables coverage from 3.5 through 7.0 MHz at 20 watts PEP SSB on 80 meters, while simultaneously boosting performance on 40 meters beyond what all other Magnetic Loop Antennas can deliver.
Some of the advantages of the Alpha Loop over other manufacturered loops include:
A) There are no lossy mechanical A/B switches in the Alpha Loop, which do increase resistance in the most sensitive location (at the capacitor).
B) Soldered, rather than crimped connections, are the only connection type used to connect the variable air capacitor to the SO239s within what we call the grey Alpha Match box.
C) Silver plated SO-239s & PL259s are used, which lowers resistance far beyond what the other connectors do.
D) The Booster Cable from Alpha Antenna increases the overall size of the Outer Loop by over 120% for 40 through 80 meters, thereby increasing real efficiency, rather than adding a lossy A/B switch and other losses to enable the antenna to function through 3.5 MHz.
E) Solid wire, rather than stranded wire that can introduce losses, is exclusively used between the variable air capacitor and SO239 connection points.
F) A nylon shaft is used to significantly lower hand capacitance between the knob and the variable air capacitor, rather than a metal shaft that can cause RF burns and will cause tuning to be difficult because of hand capacitance.
G) Rather than cutting corners and installing only two bolts on each SO239, Alpha Antenna uses four stainless steel bolts to hold the SO239 connectors in place.
H) A double walled electrical enclosure with built-in metal nuts and a rubber grommet that seals the lid are used in the construction for the housing of the Alpha Match, rather than thin walled housings with plastic catch points for screws or no rubber grommet to help keep the elements out that are found on housings other manufacturers use.
I) True Times Microwave LMR-400 coax is used for both the outer loops and the inner loop, rather than sub-standard coax or hardened aluminum both of which increases resistance and thus losses.
J) A built-in tripod mount is integrated into the well engineered Alpha Loop's matching box, rather than table top or PVC pipe holes for tripod mounting.
K) Reversible mounting hardware on the Alpha Match allows the user to customize the configurable option that places the tuning knob on the top or bottom of the loop's matching box, rather than forcing the user into just one operational configuration.
L) The Alpha Loop is the ONLY manufactured system that uses shielded faraday technologies to construct the inner loop. Even if another manufacturer succeeded in meeting the high standards in the previous points, they would fall short if this technology that has been patented by Alpha Antenna wasn't integrated.
It has been documented in multiple and independent video reviews that at least one manufactured loop could not be used to make contacts on frequencies below 7.3MHz. Conversely, testimonials like the following continue to prove that Alpha Antenna is the one to consider as your loop of choice:
"I just had a reasonably long QSO on 80 m from Adelaide South Australia to Caragabal NSW which is a distance of almost 1000 KM. The alpha loop was sitting on my desk next to me inside the house (under the iron roof). My signal was 5/9. Now I really believe it works - Joe VK5FBHE".
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6:1 Vernier Reduction Drive
Outer Loop with continuous frequency coverage from 7 MHz to 29.7 MHz or 3.5 MHz to 7 MHz using marine sealant and crimped & soldered Silver Plated PL-259s, which is the same technique used to build MIL-SPEC connections for the U.S. Military
Mount - Integrated mount with 3/8x24 & 1/4x20 threads
Silver plated SO-239s are milled and formed 100% in the U.S.A.
Alpha Match enclosure - High voltage enclosure
Tripod that is deployable to a height of 3 feet
Duffel Bag - Easily holds tripod and all loop components. Dimensions in inches - 12"x12"x3.5"
Weight: Antenna with included Selfie-Stick (3 pounds), included Tripod (1.3 pound), & included Canvas Duffle bag (.8 pounds)
The Coaxial Alpha Loop Antenna is pedestrian portable via the included Selfie-Stick or you can mount it on the included tripod.
This is perfect when you need a High-Q directional HF antenna with low noise capabilities. This is the only Commercially available loop that uses an inner Shielded LMR400 Faraday Loop, which lowers RFI by shielding the loop your coax connects to. Also included is the LMR400 based outer element of the Alpha Loop.
Assembles and disassembles in 60 seconds. As this antenna is a loop, there are no taps on coils and no counterpoise wires needed. Has a built in tuner that allows you to easily match the antenna for transmit and receive from 7 MHz to 29.7 MHz or 3.5 MHz to 7 MHz (80 Meters through 10 Meters). High noise rejection is also one of the favorite features of this antenna for many operators in RFI prone environments.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Coaxial Alpha Loop Antenna appears as a large resonant circuit to your transceiver. The loop is a large single turn inductor of the circuit. Due to the large size of the inductor, radiation of your signal very easily takes place.
The AlphaLoop Booster Cable enables your 10-40 meter Alpha Loop Antenna to transmit and receive on 60 & 80 meters. The AlphaLoop Booster Cable also increases the efficiency for 40 meters.
The Booster Cable consists of a specially tuned section of Times Microwave LMR-400 coax plus a double-female SO239/UHF connector that connects to either PL259 on your 10-40 meter outer loop, resulting in an increase in efficiency from the double loop configuration. The Booster Cable is easily installed or uninstalled with Velcro straps.
ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL COMPONENTS
Outer Loop: Constructed from LMR-400
Inner Loop: Shielded directly fed faraday loop that remains rigid to enable stable tuning and prevent SWR fluctuations.
Variable air capacitor: No RF conduction currents flow through the bearings of the rotor on the variable air capacitor that is constructed using dual gang split stators.
Connectors: All connectors are silver plated using the highest quality connectors available
Housing: High voltage enclosure
Included Tripod: Integrated mounting point for antenna
Included Duffle bag: Custom duffle bag holds all components with room left for gear
Included Large Duffle Go Bag
Inside the Alpha Match
Back of Alpha Match
Optional Heavy Duty Full Metal Jacket Tripod adds 5 pounds
- If you do not want to guy your antenna when mounted upon a tripod, then we recommend you purchase this optional tripod. Please note that this tripod does not fit in the optional Duffel Bag.
FEATURES - Deployable under and supports all Alpha Multiband and most Alpha Loop antennas, Extremely stable footprint that only requires guying when extremely high wind conditions are present, Three independently adjustable legs deploy a balanced tripod in uneven terrain, Tripod forms a Full Metal Jacket around the Multiband Antenna line of systems when closed, Total deployable height of 5.25 feet (collapses to about 40"x6"x6"), Heavy duty clasp holds the tripod closed, Integrated webbed shoulder carrying strap, Removable rubber tip reveals a small steel spike under each leg, Heel step at base of each leg enables the spike under each leg to be driven into the ground
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