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Subject: [TowerTalk] Vertical ground radials
From: (Tom Frenaye)
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 23:30:49 -0400
At 08:54 PM 10/24/2001 -0600, K8ZTT wrote:
>I did not get one positve response about elevated
>radials; so the answer is use ground radials.

I have 4 raised radials for the verticals on my 160m 4-square, it works very 
well.  It just means I believe 4 raised radials are better than 4 radials on 
the ground. On the other hand, 30 radials on the ground are better than 4 
raised radials, and more are better, as has been noted.

To go from 4 to 30 radials on 160m means I need 14,000 feet of radial wire, 
have to do a lot of walking in the woods, lower the base of the verticals and 
solder a bunch of wires together.    It should result in a gain of couple of 
db.  I did that with my 80m 4-square this year just 7000' of wire) and it was a 
lot of work!   Maybe 160m will be next if I can find a good source of cheap 
wire (I prefer #14 to keep it from breaking).

But, the 4 raised radials are quite good (and easiest to install by far), 
you'll only be beat out by a few percent of stations on the band.

                -- Tom

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