I run a 4 square and I did not solder the intersections of radials. It
is my understanding that each radial system should be separate....no
contact between them, in order to maintain the proper phase relationship
for the system. I used insulated hookup wire...#20 or #22, I think. I
mowed the area very short, then laid the radials on the surface, pinning
them at the ends to keep them down. I allowed the grass to grow tall and
cut it several times with the mower set a little higher than normal. The
clippings eventually buried the radials.
>I'm working on a 4 square project with 4 towers which are
>now being painted. I've read the Low-Band DXing by ON4UN
>and find out on the "Buried radials" section that 60
>radials, 1/4 wave lenght, per tower will perform well.
>I can't use elevated radials because of I must "invade" the
>neighbors properties on each side of my property and an
>aerial invasion could be miss-understood, so I have to go
>by the underground. One side is an unoccupied lot and the
>other one is used only for growing fruit trees.
>The question is: Do I need to solder the radials which
>cross each other in the inner square? Is it too important?
>Tips for grounding the 4 square will be very wellcome.
>Thanks in advance.
>73 DX de PY2YP - Cesar
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