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Re: [TowerTalk] Radials

To: <>, "Steve and Judy" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Radials
From: "mryan001" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 09:51:29 -0500
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Bruce, I have seen others write about using various sizes (gauges) of wire
for radials. From what I have read and seen larger conductors appear to be a
waste.  Very small gauge wire is as good within reason, if longevity is a
concern. A good radial system is considered to be one that raises the
efficiency of the antenna.  More info on the subject is clearly written on
the Butternut site.  For those interested :
//     At the bottom of the page click on
"Why Radials?".  Comments on the 'size' of wire found here. Also look at
"Dirty Little Secrets 1". Very enlightening...    - Mike

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Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 6:00 AM
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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Radials

I have used old coax for radials.  at the connection point to the vertical,
I short the inner conductor to the
shield.  Works great.

I have experiemented with using different types of wire for radials and
found that the larger the diameter of
the radial wire, the better the antenna performed, especially when the
number of radials was less than 10
or so.  (When I put up my first 75M coaxial inverted L at this QTH I had 4
radials, all of which were either
RG8x or RG6.  My first QSO was with a VK6 about an hour before sunset (I am
in eastern New York

My worst radials were number 28 or 30 wire.  Took about 40 radials before
the antenna started to 'play'.
That was many years ago and I will never again use any wire smaller than #18
for radials.

Good luck.  The RG213 will work great.

   -- Bruce

On 30 Mar 2007 at 10:23, Steve and Judy wrote:

> Hello All, has anyone ever used old RG213 coax as radials.
> If so what were the results ?
> Thanks for any replies.
> 73  Steve, ZC4Li    etc.
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