From the CIA Archives: An HF Spaced Loop Antenna for Direction Finding

Many thanks to SWLing Post contributor, Grayhat, who shares the following:

I stumbled upon a document I found in the “CIA reading room”:

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/CIA-RDP76-00451R000200010013-1.pdf

In short, the document, titled “HF SPACED LOOP ANTENNA” and dating back to 1967, describes the design of a “direction finding” antenna used to find an HF transmitter. The document describes a number of setups tried during initial experimentation and then explains the reasons for the selection of what’s called a “Coaxial spaced loop in vertical opposition”, basically two vertical loops connected in anti-phase; the document describes in detail the loop and some circuitry used with it, but the most interesting section is the one which deals with radiation lobes. if you look at that you’ll suddenly realize using such a configuration, the resulting antenna acts as a huge dipole with extremely deep nulls !!

Fascinating! Thank you, Grayhat.

And, honestly, there’s enough material in that CIA document to please the most demanding of antenna nerds! Most impressive. I’m curious if anyone has ever built one of these. If so, please comment with your experience!

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6 thoughts on “From the CIA Archives: An HF Spaced Loop Antenna for Direction Finding

    1. Andrew

      Well, the idea is similar, but then I believe that using two loops in place of two dipoles makes quite some difference when it comes to the radiation pattern (and nulls), it may be a nice experiment, I think

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