[CQ-Contest] Vertical Radial wire: Copper vs. Aluminum?

Joe nss at mwt.net
Mon Jun 17 10:57:46 EDT 2013

Either would work just fine electrically,,


There always is a but isn't there.......

Check your soil,,,, how do pop cans survive in your location.

I use that ALUM wire for all my in the air antennas. But I can not Bury it.

The soil here eats it up alive.  A pop can even with it's paint on the 
outside and coating on the inside if buried here in like 6 months it's 
almost gone.

So that might be a problem.

I had some of that super heavy ALUM ground wire stuff. I mean like 1/4" 
thick stuff? In less than two or three years it was gone. I had it 
buried from an old TV antenna install.

The Original Rolling Ball Clock
Idle Tyme
On 6/16/2013 10:59 AM, Robert Shohet wrote:
> Hi,
> I noticed an ad in this weeks Tractor Supply co. flyer of 14 ga and 17 ga electric fence wire
> 1/2 mile 17 ga for $24.99
> 1/2 mile 14 ga for $49.99
> 1) Is there any advantage in the efficiency of radiation for a vertical between using
> Copper vs. Aluminum wire?
> 2) Are there any mechanical or other advantages of using Copper vs. Aluminum?
> 3) Is 17 ga wire thick enough or should the 14 ga be used?
> I am interested in the radials lasting – the difference in cost is immaterial to me.
> Please advise.  Tnx & 73
> Happy father’s Day!
> Bob KQ2M
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