I'd go with the insulated wire for a few good reasons:
1. It's cheaper as you said;
2. It'll last longer due to the protection the insulation offers the metallic
3. It's cheaper;
4. I haven't read anything that proves definitively that bare wire in direct
contact with earth is a better radial than an insulated wire.
Besdies, the insulated stuff is cheaper.
Gene Smar AD3F
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> I think the article by K3LC answers my question about the best number of
> for the installation in my particular application. The nest question I have
> what benefit if any is there to using bare wire as opposed to insulated wire
> the radial system.
> When I go to the local houses to buy wire it is cheaper to buy 12 or 14 guage
> spooled insulated wire rather then bare wire. When I look at ordering it
> buying locally is more attractive from a cost point since shipping has thus
> made online orders significantly more expensive then local purchases.
> Does direct earth contact buy anything as opposed to insulated radials with
> respect to use as the rf ground?
> Chuck WD4HXG
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