AOR USA has added a highly sensitive and directional “loop” antenna to its product line. The LA800 is designed for outdoor use by monitoring enthusiasts. It combines the proven and timeless characteristics of a loop design with modern low-noise amplification and tuning circuits, making it capable of capturing signals that may not be detectable when using more conventional antennas. It is a "receive only" antenna it cannot be used for transmitting radio signals.
For those not familiar with loop antennas, they are highly directional, offering a means to provide isolation from noise and the ability to attenuate unwanted signals or electrical noise signals away from the desired direction. They are also very useful for locating the direction of an unknown incoming signal to offer monitoring enthusiasts enhanced capabilities when compared to conventional fixed-frequency or unamplified antenna systems. The LA800 should provide a vast improvement over reception from a conventional indoor telescoping antenna, such as that provided as the basic antenna with most receivers.
Designed for outdoor placement, the LA800 is engineered to receive through a range of 10 kilohertz through 500 megahertz, using high-isolation relays and a low noise amplifier designed to boost signals 20dB. Signals between 150 kHz and 30 MHz are also electronically tunable. The shielded aluminum loop has a diameter of two feet and eight inches. Potential users will achieve the most benefit by placing the LA800 on a rotating mechanism. In addition to the antenna and its electronic controls, the package includes 33 feet of remote control and low-loss coaxial cables. MSRP for the LA800 is $819.00; dealer prices may vary.
The LA800 is suitable for use on any wide-range receiver with an external antenna connection port.
Specifications on the new antenna, as well as others in the AOR product line, are available at www.AORUSA.com.