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Subject: [TowerTalk] Wire for Radials
From: (N9YXA-Cedrick Johnson)
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 11:12:23 +0000
I used solid copper 14 gauge electrical housewire, but I just put 
them in the ground a couple of weeks ago. It would be interesting to 
see what will come of these wires in the next year. 


Lee Buller wrote [TowerTalk] Wire for Radials 
 on 30 Apr 98 at 8:35

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> Date:          Thu, 30 Apr 1998 08:35:22 -0500
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> From:          Lee Buller <>
> Subject:       [TowerTalk] Wire for Radials

> It has been interesting to read about the plows for installing radials.
> I had an interesting expierence this spring when I took up my temporary
> radials for 160 meters.  I had the previous year buried wire and used buried
> wire for a season and a half.  Last fall after I had mowed the lawn for the
> last time decided to install and augment my radial system for this year.
> So, I installed radials on the ground.
> While I was cleaning up a couple of weeks ago to get ready to mow, I decided
> to check the integrity of the buried radials.  All of them had rusted
> through about 12 feet from the ground point.
> Now, the radial wire was steel electric fence wire.  So, I know I did a
> boo-boo there my putting in steel wire.  I was really surprised to see it
> rust through in less that 18 months.
> So, if you are putting wire in the soil, what kind of wire are you
> installing?  Copper clad?  Copper solid?  I would thing that any stranded
> wire would be problematic.  
> Thanks for the info
> Lee
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