|To:||"(Reflector) TowerTalk" <email@example.com>,"Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Re: [TowerTalk] Ground Radials Insulated or Not|
|From:||"Jerry Keller" <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 6 Dec 2004 08:09:41 -0500|
Chuck...I don't think it really matters whether you use insulated or bare wire for your radials.
Also, I think very light wire is OK even with high power.|
I happened to spot a spool of #24 bare copper wire at my local metals salvage yard and picked it up for the pound price of copper... think I paid $25 for it. It must contain literally miles of wire. I built a frame for the spool to sit in and I can just grab the wire and walk out whatever length, wrap the end a few times around a 10 penny nail, and stick the nail in the ground... I push it beneath the surface with a small metal rod. I then go back to the antenna base end of the wire and do the same thing there with another 10 penny nail. It's plenty strong... haven't had a break yet. The wire sits on top of the lawn, drawn tight, and I've "stapled" each radial down every few feet with pieces of galvanized wire bent into a hairpin shape. Over the winter, I expect the wire will gravitate down into the lawn thatch and virtually disappear. Hope this gives you some practical and economical ideas.
73, Jerry K3BZ
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Towertalk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 7:31 AM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Ground Radials Insulated or Not
I think the article by K3LC answers my question about the best number of radials for the installation in my particular application. The nest question I have is what benefit if any is there to using bare wire as opposed to insulated wire in the radial system.
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