I am tending to lean towards the fan box loop as it looks nothing like an antenna as the last thing I want are the condo cops coming after me. This unit is not really made for rain and is "portable" meaning I will have to take it in and out when using it. As for the 1788 it sure is more money but it covers more bands and is built better and I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for! So my delema is which antenna to go for.......
The 1780 fan box
1. It is cheaper but that may not be a good thing
2. It looks nothing like an antenna.
3. Very portable so small footprint.
1. Only covers from 14-30 meters
2. Not good in bad weather due to housing construction.
3. Has to be taken in and out.
1. Covers from 15-40 meters
2. Solid construction
3. Able to be left outdoors year around.
1. The cost is more.
2. It looks like an antenna
3. May be hard to hide and hiding it may affect it's preformance.
Some exciting news regarding my signal getting out in this concrete jungle!
I was able to get the loop out and in the horizontal position and it worked great! The receive was very good and I was able to finally get spotted on the RBN. This are only U.S spots but with 5 watts and up to this point batting ZERO in the spot dept I am thrilled to see that my signal is getting out. Now I just have to fine tune things. At this point I have not tried WSPR but now that the horizontal position seems to work that is my next step to see how I do using WSPR.
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|W8WWV||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||7 dB||23 wpm||2305z 13 Dec|
|NY3A||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||9 dB||23 wpm||2305z 13 Dec|
|WZ7I||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||10 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|W2MKM||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||11 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|K1TTT||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||10 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|W3LPL||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||1 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|K1TTT||VE3WDM||7032.0||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|WZ7I||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|WE9V||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||6 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|W8WWV||VE3WDM||7032.0||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|W4KKN||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||4 dB||23 wpm||2254z 13 Dec|
|NY3A||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||9 dB||23 wpm||2254z 13 Dec|