Topband: 160M Helical Vertical

Bill Wichers billw at
Fri Apr 1 08:51:33 PDT 2011

To add to what Gerry mentioned about the legal limit voltages, I would
suspect the tape may be more prone to arcing than a round wire due to
the concentrated charges at the "sharp" edges being more prone to corona
discharge. Personally, I'd just use a wire as I doubt there would be
much difference using a tape and the tape is likely to be both more
expensive and more difficult to work with.


> Another thing to keep in mind is that at legal limits the voltage at
> base of a short loaded vertical can be very significant and might
> between windings. Also the tape clearly has to handle the high current
> not negatively impact radiation efficiency by adding significant
> resistance.
> 73, Gerry VE6LB/VA6XDX
> VE6 QSL Bureau Team
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> 403-251-0384

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