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Subject: [TowerTalk] Wire for Radials
From: "Jerry Keller" <<mailto:k3bz%40arrl.net>firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 12 May 2004 16:37:10 -0400
I've come into possession of a spool of several thousand feet of solid #24 bare
copper wire. Can I use it for radials? What power level could I run with it?
73, Jerry K3BZ
I had 200 radials under a shunt-fed tower for 160m at my Bear, Del., QTH in the
'80s. The radial wire was a mix of whatever I could scrounge up -- insulated,
bare, enameled, old CATV RG6, etc., with sizes from no. 12 to no. 26. A good
number of them were no. 24 or no. 26.
I buried each radial by stretching it taught and then cutting a slit alongside,
an inch or so deep, with a spade, then went along with a screwdriver and pushed
the wire into the slit.
They survived for the 10 years we were at that QTH, and for about half of that
time we had a horse pastured in the radial area with no ill effects on the
I ran up to 1500 watts into this antenna.
See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless Weather
Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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