In addition to Jim's comments, remember that the current will divide pretty
much equally between all radials that are attached to the tower so each will
only carry a fraction of the total current.
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> email@example.com] On Behalf Of Michael Tope
> Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2006 7:16 PM
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> Subject: [TowerTalk] Heavy Guage Copper Wire Source??
> With all this talk about lightning, I was thinking it might be
> prudent to throw in a few heavy guage bare copper conductors
> into the radial system that I am planning to install for my
> short 160 meter vertical:
> Most of the radials will be light guage copper (perhaps
> insulated depending on price), but I don't suppose it would
> hurt to throw in some big conductors for lightning protection.
> So the questions is, what size should I use #4, #2, ???
> stranded or solid (presumably solid is best), and most
> importantly what is my best bet in terms of price (electrical
> wholesaler, surplus, grand theft (just kidding), etc).
> Mike W4EF......................................................
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