Even with the increased price of copper these days, 3/4" thinwall copper
tubing is still pretty cheap. I recall that someone a few years ago
had, on a web page, a RF grounding installation made entirely of 3/4" or
1" copper tubing.
I'm a little surprised, though (not knowing any better) that the
inductance of a tube at HF is only as good as the tube flattened
(roughly equivalent to 1 1/4" strap - I would have thought it would be
closer to strap the size of the circumference of the tube, or twice that.
73, Pete N4ZR
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On 7/20/2010 11:59 PM, jimlux wrote:
> Cqtestk4xs@aol.com wrote:
>> In a message dated 7/21/2010 12:14:24 AM Greenwich Standard Time,
>> email@example.com writes:
>> Copper strap is REALLY expensive! Has anyone used welding cable with any
>> success and longevity? Other materials? My #4 grounds are OK, but how to
>> a lower impedance ground system without taking out a second mortgage?
>> I was lucky enough to get some old air filled hardline which I pounded
>> flat and used that. It works if you only need short runs since it does take
>> some time to flatten.
> A round tube has basically the same inductance as the same tube
> flattened (within a few percent)
> For a given amount of copper, a strip is better than a solid wire, but
> between hollow tube and strip, there's not much difference.
> The difference is that a strip can carry current on both sides, while a
> tube can only carry current on the outside. But that's true for a
> flattened tube too.
> If you were to split the tube and open it up, then you're looking more
> like a strip.
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