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Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 11:27:43 EST

Hi, I have had #16 bare copper for radial wire on my 80m 4 sq for 16 years 
now.  Every Fall I check for continuity and resistance from 40 random choice 
radials (out of 120 each vertical) one foot from the vertical base and to the 
base of the vertical element.  I also pull back and expose 2 feet of the 
copper that is covered with leaves and pine needls.  Never have had to fix 
any radial or connection.  The array plays extremely well.   Steve, K1PEK     
DAVIS RF Co.    Wire, cable, aerial parts, LMR, Heliax.

 dated 11/9/99 7:08:31 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< When I used galvanized electric fence wire for radials under
 a pair of  80 / 160 inverted L's, I found the radial wire had 
 rusted heavily in only a few years (3 or 4?). They disintegrated
 in a few more.
 At my previous QTH I had used ALUMINUM welding wire which
 was still strong and intact after 3 years.
 My insulated stranded radials hold up to all elements except
 the lawnmower!  (The terrain in my woods is pretty rough)
 de  Tom  N4KG 

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