• July 4, 2019

    Beach umbrella QRP: R9MM de IZ6BYY

    I still have my Italian callsign active.During my short holiday in Central Italy, I took the opportunity to use it again. Here I am at the beach doing some QRP contacts (in the video, R9MM):

  • May 25, 2019

    QRP from the East river

    I really like going QRP from a not so popular location on East River, right between Manhattan and Queens. I normally don’t plan for it. I just go whenever I feel like it and, obviously, I have time to do that. Yesterday was one of such occasions. It was a particularly interesting day because the… Continue

  • May 3, 2019

    K1FM Magnetic Loop

    After describing my mini loops (here and here), this time I am going to write about the classic “full size” version that I have been using for a while. At Dayton the Hamvention of 2018 I took my loop with me and I mounted it on a PVC support that fitted a military style backpack…. Continue

  • July 26, 2015

    K1FM Mini Magnetic Loop 2.0

    In the effort of improving my ultra-portable HF antenna setup, I first looked into a Capacitively Coupled Magnetic Loop, better known as the Army Loop (or Patterson Loop). The Army loop performed well. It was so portable that enjoyed using it before, during and after numerous Tennis matches… Here is one example:   The Army… Continue

  • June 20, 2014

    K1FM Mini Magnetic Loop

    Disclaimer: if not all precautions are taken, Magnetic Loops can be dangerous. Tensions in excess of a few KV’s can and will develop even when operating at relatively low powers. Fires can also develop .Never ever touch the loop radiator during transmissions! Moreover, the magnetic fields generated by these antennas are potentially harmful to a number of… Continue