On 12/30/2010 10:17 AM, Robert Harmon wrote:
Works fine for dipoles and real ladder line.
Had dipoles up for five years. Made a center insulator from fiberglass
and SS 1/4- 20 bolts, double nuts.
Au under one nut, coax under the other.
Tractor Supply also has "fence spreaders", 3/8", 3 foot fiberglass rod.
Cut a bunch into 4" ladder line spreaders and use the Au wire.
> Wow, this looks like good stuff to use for some elevated radials I am
> Thanks for posting this.
> On Dec 30, 2010, at 5:33 AM, Jack wrote:
>> Would this work?
>> At 02:14 AM 12/30/2010, Grant Saviers wrote:
>>> I've been looking for aluminum clad steel wire for an antenna project
>>> and this led finally to a source for aluminum clad high tensile steel
>>> ($90 for 3000' 11 ga). Certainly a LOT cheaper than copper or
>>> copperweld alternatives.
>>> It took quite a bit of googling to find this, but now the question is
>>> why not use this for all wire antennas because it is cheap, very
>>> strong, low-stretch, and corrosion resistant, although a little hard to
>>> bend. One spool would make a lot of really tough through the woods
>>> Beveridges! Also, there a number of horse fencing products that could
>>> be useful for wire antennas.
>>> There are some assumptions with this farm supplier, i.e. Al thickness is
>>> good enough for RF. I found makers of well specified (ASTM B-415
>>> Hard-Drawn Aluminum-Clad Steel Wire) Al clad guy, ground, and shield
>>> wires for electric power distribution but the sizes and quantities per
>>> spool are rather large and I couldn't find any retail sources. One tm
>>> is Alumoweld.
>>> Anybody know of sources for Al clad steel wire suitable for antenna use?
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