[CQ-Contest] Vertical Radial wire: Copper vs. Aluminum?
Gerry Treas K8GT
k8gt at arrl.net
Mon Jun 17 23:11:29 EDT 2013
I thought that electric fence wire was galvanized steel not aluminum.
Lot of Topband guys use it for beverages.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
73, Gerry, K8GT
On 2013-06-17 15:05, David Gilbert wrote:
> As a generalization, I would expect that aluminum in alkaline soil is
> OK, while acidic soil probably eats it up fairly quickly. The
> southwest tends to be fairly dry and alkaline, while areas with more
> moisture and more organic debris in the soil tend to be more acidic.
> I can stick almost anything in the ground at my Arizona QTH and have
> it last for decades, while I certainly could not say the same where I
> grew up in Minnesota.
> Dave AB7E
> On 6/17/2013 7:57 AM, Joe wrote:
>> 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.
>> Joe WB9SBD
>> The Original Rolling Ball Clock
>> Idle Tyme
>> On 6/16/2013 10:59 AM, Robert Shohet wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> 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!
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