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[TowerTalk] More on 75/80M Antennas

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Subject: [TowerTalk] More on 75/80M Antennas
From: (Chuck Counselman)
Date: Mon May 19 00:23:05 2003
Fred Roberts, W6TKV, wrote:
>...The only somewhat serious antenna thought I had a while back was to put
>up a quarter-wave 80M vertical right at the edge of my front 
>sidewalk....  I could then run radials down, across and along the 
>street - just nail them down to the street and pour tar over the 
>radial wires....

Years ago at another QTH I had a similar situation.  I noticed that 
the city had poured tar along so many cracks in the street that (1) a 
few more tar-covered cracks would not be noticed; and (2) all the tar 
that I'd need to seal to seal any new cracks I created could be 
scavenged from the old cracks, easily, with a putty knife on a hot 
sunny day.

So, at an appropriate hour, I used a hammer and a cold-chisel to make 
a few new cracks; I stuffed my radial wires into these cracks; and I 
tarred the cracks.  My street radials were still intact five years 
later when I moved to another QTH; and no one ever noticed them.  My 
vertical, BTW, was a wire run up the side of a tree trunk, on the 
side of the tree facing away from the street, of course.

If I were going to do this again today, I'd use a power tool to cut 
the new cracks, and I wouldn't bother scavenging tar; I'd just buy it.

-Chuck, W1HIS

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