Topband: Ground Screens - Another Small Space Option

Herb Schoenbohm herbs at
Tue Sep 25 16:45:56 EDT 2012

Some rabbit wire sold here is coated which should solve some of the 
corrosion problems but if they are laid side by side they probably would 
require scraping of the coat and  welding every five feet or so to 
maintain radial field continuity, and then re-coating the welded joint. 
Any difference by "floating" in the dirt is a calculation above my pay 

Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ

On 9/25/2012 4:13 PM, Howard K2HK wrote:
> I didn't mean to imply that chicken wire is as good as the rabbit wire. In fact I had exactly that situation with chicken wire. Definitely agree that most situations must be evaluated on their own merits and circumstances. I am aware of Rob's call but just thought this might prompt him to relay some of his experiences.
> Howard  K2HK
>> From: zr at
>> To: k2hk at; topband at
>> Subject: Re: Topband: Ground Screens - Another Small Space Option
>> Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:11:26 -0400
>> Im sure chicken wire lasts longer in the great southwest but it rapidly
>> turns to rust in the acidic soil and acid rain of the New England rust belt.
>> I see rolls of it regularly at our trash transfer station and Id be willing
>> to bet the current Chinese variety rusts a lot faster than the earlier US
>> variety.
>> I keep stressing that the one size fits all theory of some just doesnt work
>> for Topband antennas and grounds.
>> It is not recommended to use stranded copper wire for RF or DC/AC grounds
>> and that should also apply to galvanized wire that only has a few twists at
>> each junction. Each junction can eventually become a diode and I believe
>> most of us on here are aware what that can cause.
>> Carl
>> KM1H
>> Rob Sherwood was once a strong advocate of chicken wire and has run many
>> tests. Perhaps he might chime in here with some comments.
>> Howard  K2HK
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