I have deliberated over this for years now, at one property and another, and I’ve read lots of books and webpages about many different designs, none of which I have settled on. I realised that I had never as yet asked here, so here goes!
At the student house I share with 3 others (often seemingly more!) in Bangor, N.Wales we have a “garden” (all paved) measuring about 3m x 3m. The house is four storey with the “garden” at basement level (actually our living room) so there is some space to go up and not a lot of space for lateral spread. The garden adjoins similar gardens, but beyond them is surrounded by houses and pubs.
Up until now I have had to stick to 20m PSK on a dipole pinned to the ceiling of my room. If I want to do anything else, I have to cart all my SOTA kit up onto a local high spot called Roman Camp. As you can see, I aint getting much chasing done at this QTH.
My current true love in SOTA is NVIS. I’d really like to be able to get on air on at least 80m, and hopefully 60m, but I just can’t see a way of fitting an antenna into that space. I had thought about these two loop antennas:
I like loops and use them for MF RX stuff that provides myself and a housemate with good winter entertainment, decoding utility stuff while drinking port and eating cheese! Does anyone have any thoughts on TX loops and 80? Can I resonate it for 60m with a different cap or shorting out turns, and get away with it? Is it worth bothering with at all? Should I be looking at designs other than loops?
I’ve also looked at EH antennas. I haven’t built one as I fear that in doing so I might break the magic of a good fairytale. Looks like a fat dipole and a load of common mode currents to me.
Anyhow, any thoughts on how to be QRV on 80/60 from a pocket handkerchief would be most welcome.