ON7YK - (ex)ON1ABO - (ex)ON7CB

C5YK - C5S - (ex)C56YK

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Belgian / Gambian Radioamateur Station

For my delta loop antennas , the formula :

30 M , center frequency 10.120 .** λ loop = 1005 / 10.120 = 99,308 ft or λ
loop 306,3 / 10.120 = 30,02 m .**

40 M , Center frequency 7,100 ** λ loop = 1005 / 7.100 = 141,55 ft or λ
loop 306,3 / 7.100 = 43,14 m .**

**The velocity factor of the antenne wire is not calculated with it in this formula !!!!**

My delta loop antennas are not real triangles , the horizontal leg is longer and the side
legs shorter . The radiation diagram of my loop antennas change a bit .

The feedpoint impedance of my full-wave loop is arround 100-120 Ohm with a gain over
a dipole of 1.35 dB . The impedance changed depending on my configuration ,
orientation, and choice of feedpoint . To feeding this delta loop , I use 1/4 75 Ohm coax stub Rg-11
/ Rg-59 and later 50 Ohm coax to the transceiver .
Formula for the transformer : 75 Ohm X VF/Freq. , ( VF= velocity factor ) .
Using Rg-11A/U- Rg-59B/U Solid polyethylene ! ( VF = 0,66) as impedance transformer .

My calculation for 30 m : 75 x 0,66 / 10.120 = 4,89 m for 40 m : 75 X 0,66 /7.100 = 6,97 m .

Specification Rg-11A/U .
Specification Rg-59B/U .

I found the following powerhandeling for those coax cables depend on supplier.

Power Handling Coax type / Vs Mhz . | 1.0 Mhz . | 10.0 Mhz . |
---|---|---|

Rg-11 | 8000 Watt | 2800 Watt |

Rg-59 | 3900 Watt | 1100 Watt |

The feeding point is important , this must be at 1/4 wavelength from peak at the top of the antenna .
Whether this feeding point is left or right does not make a difference .

The antenna wire is CQ-532 (AWG 18) .
Using a 4:1 balun with a 50 Ohm coax to the transceiver is also a solution.
I use the delta loop on different qth's and every time I have to adjust the antenna ,
so there is an additional jumper at the bottom of the horizontal leg .

Dielectric Type . | Time Delay (ns/ft) . |
Propagation Velocity Factor . |
---|---|---|

Solid Polyethylene (PE) | 1.54 | 0.659c |

Foam Polyethylene (FE) | 1.27 | 0.800c |

Foam Polystyrene (FS) | 1.12 | 0.910c |

Air Space Polyethylene (ASP) | 1.15-1.21 | 0.840c-0.880c |

Solid Teflon (ST) | 1.46 | 0.694c |

Air Space Teflon (AST) | 1.13-1.20 | 0.850c-0.900c |

With this calculator you calculate the lengths needed to construct
loop antennas . All you need to do is enter the desired
resonant (center) frequency in the form below, then click "Calculate Length".
The correct lengths for the loops models will be displayed in the
chart . This calculator is for HF antennas between 1.8 - 30 mHz .

**The standard velocity factor of antenna wire is : 0,95 **

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