Topband: Radials help

Eddy Swynar deswynar at
Fri Feb 10 11:09:53 PST 2012

On 2012-02-10, at 1:52 PM, Guy Olinger K2AV wrote:

> It's not to not try anything.  It's to try something that you know will work, once you *know* what you have to work with.  The ARRL and ON4UN material presume uniformity.  That, unfortunately, is only true where it's true, and it's not true often enough.  

Hi Guy,

I thought that was exactly what I was doing here at my QTH, i.e. not NOT trying "anything", but at least doing "something". 

Far too many words of advice / "tribal knowledge" that I've seen over the years in the matter of radial fields amounted to simply "...lay down as many wires as you can. PERIOD." That's neither enlightening, nor encouraging. The guidelines presented in the ARRL's & John's book, flawed though they may be when presented with an imperfect world, at least offer a place to start, in the absence of knowing exactly what might lie immediately below one's sod...

I guess one can analyze some things to death. There are trade-offs between "qualitative" realities vs. "quantitative" ones---that's just a fact of life!

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

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