Hi there..hope you all well??!
well..i have been using 2 cardioid 2 m loops ( cat5 feed) with remote direction switching..nw or se.
they were broadside 14m apart.
after much experimenting i have come to the conclusion that the combined noise of both preamps ( both loops phased together, identical lengths of cat 5 etc) added to the background noise they amplify was GREATER than the extra “ gain” one had in having 2 loops..
ie better sn on single loop than on 2.
so a reworking..
now have one cardioid loop nw or se switching and another ne or sw switching.ALSO they switch from cardioid to “ normal” loops remotely..ie from shack i can go nw, ne, se and sw. OR switch them to normal loops with ne and sw or nw and se.
this i did today.
testing on 80m...working k2rr vy2 etc on 3790..
on my big mag loop they were hard to hear..noise floor was s7.. they s8 ( they giving me s9 plus!..i guess they running beverages etc.)
on normal loop setting about the same sn but weaker.
on cardioid loop setting....
nw ..s7-8 noise s3
sw..s4 noise s3
ne ..s4..noise s4
so..works a treat..out preforming my big mag loop on rx..
similar on 160m aiming at locsl smpsu noise..
beginning to really like the cardioid loops now ironing out any teething issues i had..Very usefull to have a lowish angle of takeoff switchable direction low band rx antenna..
mag loop simon g0zen