selecting a new receiver

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N2HUN
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Re: selecting a new receiver

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I've used a W6LVP loop in the past and was very pleased with the performance. Attached is a photo of it (from a few years ago) in the shack installed on a tripod with an RCA rotor. Eventually I moved the antenna outdoors for even better reception. It's an active antenna with a preamp. Don't know what the current price is but it's well within you range. You can also check antenna reviews on eham.net. Good luck on your move and choosing a new antenna.
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Andrew (grayhat)
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Re: selecting a new receiver

Post by Andrew (grayhat) »

N2HUN wrote: Fri Jun 10, 2022 10:36 am I've used a W6LVP loop in the past and was very pleased with the performance. Attached is a photo of it (from a few years ago) in the shack installed on a tripod with an RCA rotor. Eventually I moved the antenna outdoors for even better reception. It's an active antenna with a preamp. Don't know what the current price is but it's well within you range. You can also check antenna reviews on eham.net. Good luck on your move and choosing a new antenna.
Wideband active loops work well, but... did you ever try a tuned active loop ?

http://techlib.com/electronics/antennas.html

:D
Hank Michalenka
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Re: selecting a new receiver

Post by Hank Michalenka »

thanks again to all who are helping!

I just read several reviews on the AirSpy HF+ and it seems to be the answer. High performance in a small package. I have a Bonito RadioJet that my daughter gave me many years ago, but could never get the thing to work? I value all your opinions and will get back when I get set up.

Thanks again!

Hank
Blubby
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Re: selecting a new receiver

Post by Blubby »

Maximum bang for the buck buy an SDR. For HF and LF use I own the Airspy HF+ Discovery and the SDRPLAY RSPDX.
Both are excellent on HF with the Airspy being better for NDB beacon band work below the broadcast band.
I use SDR Console to control both and typically use the RSPDX @ LIF showing a 2mhz wide swath. The Airspy cannot
show as big a slice, so for finding new stuff I like the RSPDX. Either is fine for SWBC listening. SDRPLAY has excellent support
as well.
I own a number of excellent SW receivers and the SDRs work very well compared to them. The filtering options, superior
syncro AM and bandscope make them a fantastic choice.
I like the BNC connector on the RSPDX too for durability as well as the big USB connection vs the micro on the Airspy.

The software wont be too hard to learn. I mastered it quickly.
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