There are several conditions that may determine the best choice. In general
I would recommend the hard drawn, stranded wire as the best choice as being
all copper there is little to degrade. A copper clad wire is much stronger in
tensile strength (2 to 3 time) but the copper clad can erode in just one
season depending on the environment. Close to the Sea, or in an industrial
environment copper clad does not fair well. Dry plains, desert and mountain
areas where heavy winds can prevail it's strength pays off.
Again I like solid copper conductors, as I think they do better overall-
these where my conclusions when those wire choices were made for Cubex Company
when I owned it.
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2008 22:09:28 -0800
From: Rob Frohne <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [TowerTalk] Copper Clad or Hard Drawn Wire for Quad?
I was given a broken Gem Quad, which I am attempting to splint together,
and it needs all new wires. I'm wondering whether to use #14, 7 strand
copper clad steel or #14, 7 strand hard drawn copper wire which may be
more flexible. I'm also a little worried about galvanic action on the
copper clad steel. But the steel seems like it would be stronger. What
are the opinions here?
Thanks & 73,
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