> sheets. Using a simple home made clip on rf current meter showed no
> current in a wire from the junction of the high band radials to the roof.
> i.e. the fan of radials effectively isolated the system from the metal
What that might show is the radials and roof are almost perfectly
coupled. If they were isolated, if there was a voltage difference,
current would definitely flow. When there is no current via a low
impedance connection, they are at exactly the same potential.
There is considerable current of the feedline to a 1/4 wl
groundplane with four or less radials, because four radials do not
"hold" the feedline shield to zero voltage. You can actually
measure an SWR change on a 1/4 wl groundplane as a low
impedance ground wire is touched to the shield of the coax just
below the groundplane, and you will measure current in that wire.
If you do not see that effect it is most likely because the roof and
radials are already acting like one big ground, connected through
capacitance and mutual inductance!
73, Tom W8JI
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