That gauge wire is a waste for shunt-feeding. If flexible is what you
want, you can use #14 insulated stranded wire from Home Despot. Probably
around $20 for a 500 foot spool by now, but plenty flexible.
You might have heard/read that thick shunt wires provide better
match/greater bandwidth/increased stamina, etc. Just hang two or more of the
thinner wires off some kind of insulating support (PVC or wood come to mind)
off the tower and tie the top and bottom ends together to form a shunt wire
with a larger effective diameter.
OOT (one other thing): Keep your shunt wire(s) an appreciable distance
away from the tower face. My wires (I use two in parallel) are two feet off
the Trylon tower face; I've seen others as much as five feet away. I'm sure
modeling will tell you why this is preferred; I just followed others' examples.
Gene Smar AD3F
> About a year ago I went to a local audio store to buy speaker wire. While
> there, I spotted a large spool of bare #8 stranded that was very, very
> It appeared to be more woven than stranded.
> I'll be shunt feeding my crankup tower soon, and I thought that I'd use that
> particular wire, since, due to it's limpness, it would just fall to the
> instead of looping about when the tower was down.
> Went back to the store today and was told that they no longer carry that
> I asked where they got it, and they wouldn't say.
> So, anyone have an idea where I can get this magic "limp" bare copper wire in
> I've looked on E-Bay and done several Googles.
> TIA, Barrie, W7ALW
> See: http://www.mscomputer.com for "Self Supporting Towers", "Wireless
> Stations", and lot's more. Call Toll Free, 1-800-333-9041 with any questions
> and ask for Sherman, W2FLA.
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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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