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Subject: [TowerTalk] Braided Ground Strapping
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Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 15:29:57 EDT
In a message dated 6/18/01 12:01:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

> Does anyone know of a good source for copper braid (solder plated or not)
>  ground strapping?
    Braid is not used in commercial ground systems and is not recommended for 
this type of application. One problem is that as the rain runs down the tower 
leg it picks up some zinc which is deposited in the braid and contributes to 
rapid braid deterioration. Also the strands of the braid oxidize individually 
so it loses overall conductivity which increases the resistance over time 
which is exactly what you are trying to avoid.

    Use copper strap or solid copper wire for ground systems, not braid. 

Cheers,   Steve    K7LXC
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