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Re: [TowerTalk] Horse fence wire antenna

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Horse fence wire antenna
From: K8RI <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 21:17:32 -0400
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On 5/22/2012 8:14 PM, Rick Karlquist wrote:
> 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.

Maybe so, maybe not.  Most SS is non magnetic, but there are variations 
that are.


Roger (K8RI)

> 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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