> If I take some 300 ohm ribbon, attach one side to the radial connection,
> short the far end and leave the other wire open, would that be the same as
> 60 foot radial (not counting velocity factor, etc)? Would it work?
On 80m each radial will be a very high impedance. On 160m it will add a
lot of reactance at least.
What you're really doing if you do that is making loaded radials by
inserting a shorted, lossy (because it's laying on the dirt) 60 foot
transmission line stub in series with each radial. If you put in a lot of
radials it probably won't kill the efficiency but it does nothing helpful
besides make the feed impedance weird.
What I would do is short the twinlead conductors together at the radial
plate and leave the free ends open.
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