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[TowerTalk] Sewing Radials in the lawn

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Sewing Radials in the lawn
From: (Pete Smith)
Date: Tue, 01 Jan 2002 16:00:35 -0500
At 02:35 PM 1/1/02 -0600, K9ZM wrote:
>Now that's a novel idea.  Do you just mount your roll of wire near the tower
>and sew your way around the lawn?  Your south of the freeze zone I think,
>anyone have success doing that into a frozen lawn?  I know that idea about
>scalping the lawn and waiting for grass to grow over it, but this would
>allow me to go places that I normally could not.   i.e. down the alley etc.
>Anything I can do to hide it from rabbits is a plus as they like to chop my
>radials into little pieces, if laying on top of the ground.  They have not
>bothered coax yet, but give them time.

Things are frozen pretty solid here, unfortunately -- tends to deter tower
work.  In my case, the tower is in a back field which is somewhat overgrown
with brush, multiflora rose, etc.  Using K1VR's big carpet needle let me
push the radials through under the rose thorns, etc.  I don't want to
oversell this, though - you can't go very deep -- really just into the
thatch layer, and even then you have to resurface every so often.

I got 12 x 125 foot radials in this way before it got too cold.  I attached
the tower end of each one to my radial plate, and then laid it out on the
ground more or less in the opposite direction from where I was going, and
stitched away.  It was pretty easy to tell when you got to the end of the
radial, even working alone.

73, Pete N4ZR

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