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Re: Topband: tool for install radials

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From: "John K9UWA" <>
Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:38:32 -0500
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I did nearly the same as Mike by just laying the radials out on top of the 
It went like this. Last Grass cutting in the fall I cut the grass as short as 
mower would go. 
I put  5 or 6 rolls of wire on a 10foot long piece of  steel  conduit. Then the 
wife on one end and me on the other end walked to the end of our property. 
I cut off the 6 wires. Flipped them apart a bit and back to the tower for the 
next batch of 5 or 6 at a time. In about 2 hours the wife and I put out 100 
radials. All were small diameter teflon insulated wire. The next day I tied all 
of them to the tower and ground rods near the tower. 

The following spring we cut the grass TALL about 4 inches for about 1/2 the 
summer and then it was back to cut normal as you couldn't even see the 

That method will not work with Florida St Augustine Grass but works fine we 
normal grass. 

For guys who don't want to try it that way consider renting this gadget 
designed to bury cable TV lines coax and other wires.

John k9uwa 

> Jorge, 
> The following year I just laid the wire on the ground (tightly), pinned it
> down here and there with small homemade staples and in a couple months, the
> grass ate them up and they were virtually gone.  I did lose a few of the "on 
> the
> ground" radials to the nasty mower blade, but rolling out a spool of wire 
> using
> a home made handle was pretty darn quick. I could probably do 20 or more an 
> hour
> compare to 5 or 6 an hour using the mower.
> I will not cut slots again.
> Mike VE9AA
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