Ah, sorry if I misinterpreted what you meant.
Regarding "proper" galvanization, such things CAN still be had. There are two
kinds of galvanized products these days: "flash" galvanized, which is usually
not very useful outdoors, and "hot dipped" galvanized. The hot-dipped type
tends to look "crusty" and dull gray in color but will hold up for decades. All
the utility hardware is done this way and it lasts. You can get this type of
galvanized hardware in big box hardware places, it will look dull gray (NOT
A lot of the shiny stuff people think is galvanized is actually a cadmium
playing and it rusts pretty quickly outdoors.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 11:49 AM
> To: Bill Wichers; Topband
> Subject: Re: Topband: ground radials & conductivity
> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Galvanized can be a problem in some soils. This is the reason that
> 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
> 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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