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Re: Topband: ground radials & conductivity

To: Bill Wichers <>, Topband <>
Subject: Re: Topband: ground radials & conductivity
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:49:14 -0500
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 The Back Stay rod was to show with correct galvanization of the 
 1920's  they stood up well. 
 The  parentheses was a reference to wire  used in  antennas. I should  have 
added "used in antennas". 
 Reading down a little further:
 The ground wire information was to show that  enameled copper wire 
 stood up well in the ground as radials. 

On Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:20:57 0000, Bill Wichers <> wrote:
 Galvanized can be a problem in some soils. This is the reason that 
 galvanized ground rods are no longer recommended in most applications 
 (I think ON4UN even has a pictured of a rotted galvanized ground rod in 
 his book). 
 > Copper-clad steel ground rods are more common and will generally 
 hold up much better in typical soil conditions. I would assume the same 
 would apply to galvanized steel and copper radial wires. I'd be careful 
 using galvanized wire for radials without at first testing it to make 
 sure it would last. It would be a shame to invest time and effort in a 
 radial system just to see it rot away in a few years!
 > -Bill KB8WYP
 > > Note: The backstay we found of the old 1920's Belfast radio station was
 > > galvanized iron. The galvanized surface was in good condition 
 after so many
 > > years in the ground) In the aging process have wondered how Zinc oxide
 > > compared with copper oxide. (Copper-weld vs zinc coated electric fence
 > > wire) Zinc is not nearly as good to start with. 
 > >
 > > 73
 > > Bruce-k1fz
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