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Re: [TowerTalk] Radials

To: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Radials
From: "Barrie Smith" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2007 11:56:43 -0700
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This chat about radials reminds me of a long, well maintained road, well up
in the mountains, I walked up several years ago.

At the end of the road, and at the top of the mountain, I came upon an
installation that appeared to be a GWEN facility, twelve foot fence and all.

While I could not see much of the concrete building, I did see a very sturdy
tower and many, many guys.

The thing that attracted my attention the most was the radial system.  It
was strung from the base of the tower, which was on the highest point of
nearby land, downhill for quite a distance, and was mostly elevated over

The interesting characteristic of the radials system was that it was not
just wire strung straightaway from one end to the other, but was intersected
with wire at right angle every foot or so.

Similar to wire fence?

Another interesting thing was the diameter of the wire.  It was certainly
close to one inch.

Could the thickness of the wire and the large number of wires be necessary
because of the low-frequency used by GWEN (180 KC)?

73, Barrie, W7ALW


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