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[TowerTalk] Copper Clad or Hard Drawn Wire for Quad?

Subject: [TowerTalk] Copper Clad or Hard Drawn Wire for Quad?
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 22:01:02 EST
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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.
Norm W4QN
Message: 8
Date: Wed, 13  Feb 2008 22:09:28 -0800
From: Rob Frohne  <>
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,

Rob, KL7NA

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