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AS-AYL-4 4 direction Low Band Receiving
Wolf RF Systems
Improved robust design of controller and
outdoor box upgraded to NEMA- 4X
Upgraded controller, adds more flexibility and
Mast /Antenna Kit is military grade hardware
Mast/Antenna Kit is rugged enough for permanent
installations but also quickly deployed for DX-Peditions or Emcomm.
The Best Preamp/bandpass filter on the market.
See specs and plots here
Termination of loop is done with temperature
stable resistors vs a Vactrol, since Vactrols are unstable, easily damaged
by surges and they drift with temperature changes. We reviewed using Vactrol
terminations and rejected it as a poor design. See what Gary, K9AY says about
Vactrol terminations in the FAQ.
The AS-AYL-4 Loop antenna consists of
1. Controller, the blue box above. It includes the pre-amplifier and
2. Outdoor relay box that mounts on the antenna mast
3. AYL-4 Mast/Antenna kit, which includes a mast, wire loops, stakes and
ground rod fixture.
or if you supply your own mast, we have
4. Wire Kit which has everything that the Mast/Antenna kit has except the
mast. Very desirable for overseas shipments.
The AYL-4 Mast/Antenna Kit includes the following parts
Easy but secure installation portable, DX-Peditions or
AS-AYL-4 Loop System
Terminated loop |
Cardioid, switched in four directions |
Greater than 20 dB, typically 30 dB |
50 ohms nominal; low-loss transformer matching to the antenna
Very low frequencies to 8 MHz, using published dimensions. With preamp
on, bandpass is limited to 1.8-5 MHz
Feedpoint/termination switching relays |
Connected with a 6-conductor control cable |
RF connection (antenna):
SO-239 (UHF) connectors at control box and outdoor relay box
RF connection (radio):
Phono connector output to receiver external antenna input
Eight resistances from 340 to 680 ohms, selected by front-panel rotary
+12 to 15 VDC, 400 mA max., (provided by customer, to be fused at 0.5 A)
15 dB gain, feedback type, using a silicon NPN transistor |
±2 dB from 1.80 to 4.5 MHz |
–55 dB at 7 MHz, –50 dB below 1450 kHz (typical) |
The AYL-4 K9AY Loop System requires approximately 18 feet in four
directions from the center of the antenna, plus additional distance depending
on the guying method. The base of the supporting pole and the ground rod
are located at the center. With the AYL-WM kit, 18 feet in each of the four
directions is required. The center support is 24 feet high, and must clear any
of the K9AY loop Antenna Response.
Measured Plot of the AS-AYL-4
Control Box -
Amplifier and Filter Response
Measured Plot of the AS-AYL-4 Relay Box
Matching Balun Transformer
Top Plot is the S11 Response
with the Antenna terminated into 450 Ohms
Bottom Plot Shows a
Return Loss of 25 dB into
the Balun with 450 Ohms Termination
ZD8UW .wma audio files 160 metersFirst
recording is a comparison between the dipole & then loop -- first part
of the recording is the dipole, ZD8UW is just barely perceptual in the
noise -- at the edit point (15 secs) is ZD8UW on the AS-AYL-4
loop .. second recording is the station on the loop with no QSB ..
signals are very solid & have been for the past 45 minutes .. TNX Vic,
Dipole vs Loop switch over
occurs about 15 seconds into the audio
Solid copy on Loop
Attached is a short movie clip (poor quality
to control the size of the file). I am receiving CHU Canada at 3330.0.
The station is a hair stronger on the S-meter on the loop compared to
the vertical. This might mean it is doing better on the high angle
stuff since the vertical probably is a better low angle receive
antenna. The two antennas are about 350 feet apart. As you watch the
video clip, note the s-meter dropping back and forth by about 7 to 8
s-units. I am switching the AY loop from the NE to the SW. It is
.I am having fun and Array Solutions (Bob
and Jay) have been a great help.
de Jerry K8RA
my AYL-4 and got it installed just in time for the
CQ160 CW contest. What a great
product! It works like a charm, reducing atmospheric noise so I can
copy weak DX signals.
It almost works
too well in fact, because I had stateside stations calling me off the
back of the loops and barely copied them. Switching the direction
usually brought them up several S-units.
In comparison, my
inverted L is almost useless as a receive
antenna for DX because the noise often overpowers the
Thanks for getting this unit to me in a timely manner. I'm
thoroughly enjoying operating 160m.
Tom N2CU <><
Thanks for the info Jay
...by the way, my K9AY loop I purchased from you last October is
working great...it holds its own against my 500 ft beverage into
Europe. the f/b is very good on 80 and 160 ...great product !!
What makes the K9AY pre-amps better then the
Reliability and a spec you can trust. Many low band "premium" preamp
products you see on the market are not what they are made out to be. For
instance they may use MMIC amplifier devices. These devices are
attractive to the designer since they are easy to use and inexpensive.
But they are not well understood and they are easily damaged. For instance, it
is attractive to take the MMIC spec of +35 dBm and say your pre-amp design
will have this impressive IP3 point. But looking closer at the MMIC spec you
see it also has a +15dBm input IP3. This is nothing special.
Gary's preamps use what he calls his "old fashioned" circuit using a discrete
2N3866 transistor. It has a 12-15 dB higher input intercept point then the
GaAs FET MMIC devices and also doesn't have the fragility of a 5-volt GaAs FET
MMICs which have drain breakdown voltages of 8 volts. The old 2N3866 has a max
collector voltage of 40 volts! Giving this a much higher chance of
surviving a nearby lightning strike. Coupled with his RF filters in the front
end you truly have a "premium" pre-amp circuit. Read more about them on
the data pages.
Picture of the base of the Loop system