Perhaps you are on a budget and can't really afford a commercial loop. Or maybe you are one of those that still likes to get flux under the fingernails. The art of homebrewing antennas finds a home with loops. We have numerous links here, courtesy of SWLing.com, that can show you how to build your own YouLoop (best used with a SDR) and even hide a loop in a wooden porch. How about a loop that has some beam like characteristics? We have that, too. Warm up those hot glue guns and soldering irons and let's get busy.
Loop on the Ground (LOG)
Well not exactly on the ground, but it's so close no HOA will ever see it.
- Frugal Radio’s Loop On Ground (LoG) Antenna
- Tom builds a portable Loop-On-Ground antenna
- Loop-On-Ground Antenna Part 2: Tom upgrades his low profile, low noise, portable DXing antenna
- Loop-On-Ground Antenna Part 3: Tom’s low-noise, low-profile, portable antenna evolves
Make Your Own YouLoop
Why spend the money if you have the parts in your junkbox?
- How to build a noise cancelling passive loop antenna
- Hack a broken VGA Cable to make a binocular ferrite core for your loop antenna Surely you have a few of these in a dusty old drawer somewhere
- More about hacking VGA cables to make binocular ferrite cores More about hacking VGA cables to get a binocular core
- Greyhat's Noise Cancelling Passive Loop tweak Greyhat shows you how to make a good loop better
The Small Unidirectional Loop Antenna (SULA)
A loop that acts a bit like a beam
- Introduction Introduction to the SULA and some EZNEC plots!
- Construction Notes How to Build the SULA, measurements and some variations in the construction
- Questions and Answers
Ever thought of hiding a loop as a volleyball net?
- Larry’s variation of the W6LVP amplified magnetic loop antenna
- The Signal Sweeper-How to Build a Portable Wellbrook Loop Antenna
- Magnet Wire Vertical Loop (stealthy)
- Paul’s large aperture “Volleyball Net” loop antenna
- How to build a passive resonant transformer coupled loop for HF (updated)
- Giuseppe’s portable multi-loop homemade shoe rack antenna