Shared Apex Loop Receive Antenna System. Eight instantaneous switching directions. Anchoring Stakes, ropes, tensioners, mast, mast base, cable loops, combiner and controller, 33 ft high. 33 ft radius (36 ft square if posts are used to anchor loops' outer corners).
Introducing the Shared Apex Loop Array™
Now, you have a new interference fighting weapon in your receiving arsenal. The Shared Apex Loop ArrayTM is a revolutionary receiving antenna that will change the way that you listen to the radio! The patented design provides performance in a size and over a range of frequencies that will please both the rag-chewer and DX’er alike.
The antenna is a true-time-delay array with four identical wire loops supported by a single non-conductive mast. Signals from each loop are transferred through a ferrite coupler to a short balanced line that connects to the switch/combiner/amp enclosure mounted at the base of the antenna. Within this enclosure, signals from each loop are routed either directly to a combiner or through a delay line and then to the combiner, where they are amplified by a dual stage balanced broadband amplifier and sent out to the feedline to the controller located in the shack. The controller connects directly to your receiver, and sends power and control signals over the feedline to the antenna.
Three models to chose from
- AS-SAL-30 - optimized for VLF, BCB, 160 m / 80 m / 40 m Dxing, 32 ft tall, 42ft square footprint
- AS-SAL-20 - optimized for VLF, BCB, Low Band DXing, and shortwave to 15 MHz, 24 foot tall andj approximately 40 foot footprint.
- AS-SAL-12- optimized for BCB, and 3-30 MHz , 16 feet tall, and approximately 28 foot footprint
"Shared Apex Loop Array: A Wideband Directional Receiving Antenna for 500 kHz - 30 MHz"
Effective communication on the LW, MW, and SW bands requires more than just a careful ear. You need the right gear to navigate through the jungle of interference that can be as close as your computer, or as distant as a thunderstorm on the other side of the globe. Interference, though isn't just a challenge for DXers - it's a challenge for net operators, rag chewers and county hunters too, military operations - in other words, it is a challenge to all of us!
We have developed a new type of receiving antenna that delivers exceptional directivity in a small package and is usable over a wide range of frequencies without need for adjustment. This new antenna is called the Shared Apex Loop Array antenna and it opens the door to a new class of compact, high performance, wideband receiving antennas developed for both amateur and professional users.
The antenna operates on the true-time-delay principle rather than the more traditional phased array methods. This method of operation enables outstanding bandwidth. For example, a 23 foot tall, 18 foot radius array, like the SAL-20, can provide outstanding front-to-side and good front-to-back performance for continuous frequency coverage below 500 kHz to 16 MHz with good sensitivity above 1.8 MHz! A 10 foot tall, ten foot radius array provides continuous frequency coverage between 500 kHz to 22 MHz with good sensitivity above 5 MHz.
The patented and additional patent pending designs provides the following benefits:
- Compact Size, light weight
- Wideband operation without need for adjustment
- Ground independent operation
- Outstanding front-to-side ratio
- Ease of Construction, and simple single feed line control for data and RF
- Modular design
- Portability for DX-peditions, quick deploy operations, field day operations, emergency operations
- Easily remote controlled with the Shacklan - 4 USB interface to your PC or a Ethernet Everywhere device.
Close-up with detail on couplers TX lines installation.
Combiner view at bottom of mast. The two lower connectors are for the delay line (provided) and the top one is for the feedline.
White cables are the twin lines coming from the couplers.
- Four balanced loop inputs
- Operating Range: 100 kHz - 30 MHz
- Group Delay Matching (+/- 1 nsec) between ports from 1 - 20 MHz
- Very low noise dual differential pre-amp (open socket design)
- Now delivered with a High Pass AM Broadcast Band Filter, older models can be upgraded easily. and more gain too.
- Delay Line Ports 75 ohm (F-type connectors)
- Single Feed line to Controller F-type. Power/Data/Signal shared on single cable
Controller frontal and rear views.
- Eight direction rotation either direction
- Flip for instantly for rotating 180 degrees and seeing the front/back ratio
- Bi-directional to beam in two directions at once
- Single 75 ohm feed line operation, no control cable
- Controllable from the 4 wire ShackLan interface for remote operation from your PC or a USB/Ethernet direct box
- Compact in size, 4" (101.6 mm) wide x 5" (127 mm) deep x 2" (50.8 mm) tall