>We used to use two 100' by 4' rolls of galvanized chicken wire laid out
>in a + pattern for a Field Day Vertical. It worked well but was not
>permanent. We attached the wires to the ground lug of the antenna with
>split-bolts and short pieces of 12 Ga solid wire. We held the chicken
>wire down with plastic tent pegs.
>How long it lasts in a permanent installation will depend on the
>acidity of the soil. The higher the acidity, the faster the Zinc will
>go away and once it is gone the steel will be shortly behind.
I wish the steel did disappear as quickly as that! A previous owner of
this QTH set up a field test about 20 years ago, and the steel is still
as sharp, rusty as ever. The mesh isn't strong enough to tear up in one
piece - trying to do that makes the problem even worse.
IMO chicken wire is great for field days but a total menace for
73 from Ian GM3SEK
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