26 Oct 2010
Just done an interesting test comparing my vertical wire loop with an earth electrode antenna. I removed the lower part of the loop and connected the ends to ground. Matching was totally different (low Q antenna) but the performance was only 5dB down on the loop, based on reports from 2 local and one DX station. A similar test on 136kHz as the only station on in range (M0BMU 69km) was unable to copy my signal on the earth electrode antenna suggesting at least 5dB down on that band too.