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Subject: [TowerTalk] DX Engineering radial plate question
From: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2007 17:18:11 +0000
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Hi Tom,

Yes, I also found the job of soldering radials something that would come with problems. It might be okay for a few, like 20 or so, but I planned to put down 90 to 120. I figured if I had a ring or big lug point, I'd be out there on the grass in Oct. or Nov. with a torch or my big high watt iron (needing a long cord and having to heat up a big piece of metal outside). I pictured myself having to solder and string out and anchor the wire, then go back and relight the torch to solder the next ones, then there'd be the problem of the ring getting hot and some already installed radials coming I did what you did except I omitted the lugs and simply stripped and wrapped the wire around the bolts.

I made a plot of the property and divided it into quadrants and planned the layout of the radials with that, so I would not put them down piecemeal and wind up doing it wrong. This had to be done because I did not have room for full size radials going out in straight lines in all directions. I anchored the plate to a ground rod and installed the nut/bolt/washer combinations in all the holes. Then with wire strippers, socket wrench and C wrench, wire staples, hammer and two 500 foot rolls of no. 14 solid, I proceeded to strip about 4 inches from the ends of the wire on the two rolls, wrap them around a bolt and tighten it, and spool out the wire to 120 feet or the property line whichever came first and staple it down. Then I cut it and repeated the process. I think the plate made this go a lot faster but it still took about 3 weeks working in my spare time to get down around 90 radials. I consider the fifty bucks for the plate money well spent however if I could afford it, I would prefer something like this:


rob / k5uj

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