This video is the Introduction and first look at the Chamaeleon P-Loop.
The P-Loop is the more portable, more rugged, lightweight little brother to the Chameleon F-Loop.
The P-Loop sets up in about 90 seconds. It can be hand-held, tripod mounted, or attached to a 3/8-20 antenna mount for temporary deployment. So far I’ve tested it hand-held, tripod mounted indoors, tripod mounted outdoors, and on the guard rail of my balcony attached to a jaw mount. So the P-Loop is not only an excellent solution for the QRP Portable operator, but an excellent choice for rapid deployment, and antenna restricted operators as well.
The P-Loop is easy to carry since there are only three parts plus coax. It packs down small, and leaves enough room in my backpack for radio, power pack, solar panel, food, water, and my cooking gear. It’s also light enough to be mounted to my ultra-light weight camera tripod.
On Air the P-Loop is an absolute pleasure! Tuning is made easy with some sort of gear reduction built into the unit. This gear reduction makes fine tuning fast and easy. One of the problems I’ve had with loops from other manufacturers is the finicky tuning, or the tuning dials being far too sensitive. The P-Loop simply doesn’t share this problem.
My first QSO with the P-Loop, was QRP Portable with the Yaesu FT-817ND. The QSO was with DJ6KR operating his QRP Portable station in Germany. He was using a buddipole. The mode was PSK31, with a good exchange of reports, station info, … QRP is never easy, but this was exciting!
Since then, I’ve had QSOs with Norway, Greece, Romania, Iceland, Sweden, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Wales, England, Switzerland, Italy and France. All working PSK63 with the Yaesu FT-817ND, and usually QRP Portable.
I’ve also used the P-Loop with my YouKits TJ2B, which was an excellent combination. I think the P-Loop would work well with any QRP to +25w rigs.
If you’ve watched any of my other videos, or read my eHam reviews, you’ll already know that I’m not easy to please! With that said, until now, I can’t find anything to complain about with this magloop!
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