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Topband: One More Radial Question

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Subject: Topband: One More Radial Question
From: "Wayne Rogers" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 12:11:29 -0400
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I've been reading, and still haven't come up with an answer to the following 

With radials laid on the ground, does it make any difference if they are 
insulated (THHN) or bare?  I suspect not, but would like to know that I am not 
making a bad assumption.  Seems that even the most recent works in this area 
don't talk about the difference between "laying wire on the ground" and copper 
wire directly in contact with earth.  Conceptually I understand that the wire 
laid on the ground is capacitatively coupled to the earth, but how does the 
effect of this translate to the decision to use bare vs. insulated wire?

I have six 1/4 wave radials (THHN) on the ground and will continue to add 
shorter radials interspersed between them.  I can work Europe (barely) with my 
100 watts, but know I can do better.  Thanks to all for the many posts and 
sharing your wisdom.

Wayne, N1WR
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