Gary DeBock’s XHDATA D-808 loopstick model

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

The 7.5 inch (19cm) loopstick XHDATA D-808 model was designed to be the ultimate AM-DXing (or Longwave DXing) travel portable, and can be built for a construction cost of around $30 US. It has already been used by numerous DXers to track down transcontinental and transoceanic AM-DX during overseas travel, and the orange plastic loopstick frame allows full operation of the whip antenna for FM and Shortwave reception.

The modification procedure isn’t difficult, and the full construction article is posted at

A video demonstration of its daytime DX performance (compared to the stock model) has been posted on YouTube:

Build one, and join the fun! 🙂

Many thanks for sharing this, Gary! Your ultralight DXing creations are simply amazing!

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6 thoughts on “Gary DeBock’s XHDATA D-808 loopstick model

      1. Gary DeBock

        Thanks, Paul (and thanks to Thomas for sharing this FB post). Earl, if you have a technical question on this procedure I’ll try to answer on my YouTube channel (DXerGary) at the link in the above post. Good luck! Gary DeBock (N7EKX) in Puyallup, WA, USA

        1. Evgeny

          Thanks for your thorough description of the process.

          May I ask you here –
          I just found that all long building levels in off- and online shops in my area are made of aluminium, so I’d come up with another support construction.
          What’s optimal distance between the rod and the receiver?


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