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Re: [TowerTalk] Horse fence wire antenna

To: "Hector Garcia XE2K" <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Horse fence wire antenna
From: "Rick Karlquist" <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 17:14:04 -0700
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A dumb idea.  Horse fence wire is stainless steel.  It has
a much higher DC resistance than copper.  The situation is
even worse at RF because it is magnetic.  I once measured
some nickel wire at 80 MHz and the resistance was incredibly
high.  The heating due to the loss won't be obvious because
the heating is distributed over a lot of wire, which is in free air.
The loss of RF will be noticeable on the S-meter of the station you
are talking to.

The horse fence antenna is similar to the Maxcom antenna
"matching" network that consisted of a 50 ohm power resistor.
Radiates equally poorly at all frequencies.

Rick N6RK


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