>From a performance point of view, I suspect it doesn't make
any difference at all whether the wires are insulated or not.
One consideration that I haven't heard discussed with regard
to radials, however, is lightning protection. Wouldn't it be better
from a lightning perspective to have at least some of the radials
in the system uninsulated? Perhaps a few heavy radials (6 to 8)
made from #4 bare copper interspersed with the balance of the
radial system made from whatever is cheapest. Just a thought.
> As far as insulated or not.. My gut feel is that it probably doesn't make
> huge difference. You're conducting RF, so DC contact isn't important,
> there's a huge area that's buried. The copper will corrode a bit and
> probably forms an insulator anyway The field gets there through the open
> in the first place, etc. On the other hand, I have absolutely no
> theoretical or experimental basis for making the statement. NEC4 does
> insulated wires in the earth, and I've been meaning to run some
> but haven't got around to it.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chuck" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Towertalk" <email@example.com>
> Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 4:31 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
> I have is what benefit if any is there to using bare wire as opposed to
> insulated wire in 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
> it online buying locally is more attractive from a cost point since
> has thus far made online orders significantly more expensive then local
> > 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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