Topband: Topband Digest, Vol 181, Issue 4

Pete Rimmel N8PR n8pr at
Thu Jan 4 13:29:53 EST 2018

Just remember that the highest voltages are at the ends of the top hat 
wires.  Insulate accordingly ;-)

PeteR  N8PR

Message: 1
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2018 14:28:22 -0500
From: Mike DeChristopher <mfdechristopher at>
To: topband at


I used to resonate my tower on 80m with 22 ga wire in two directions.
Never a problem with power handling at 1.5kW; I probably would have
used bigger stuff if I had any in the garage at the time.

Like others here, I think the real issue is that these wires will
become de facto guy wires, and so physical strength becomes relevant.

Mike N1TA

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 10:31 AM, Bruce Osterberg <n9bx73 at> wrote:
> Good Morning:\
> To improve my 160 vertical I want to change its configuration from an
> inverted L to a Capacity Hat Vertical.  Vertical will be 57 Feet high with
> Capacity Hat wires.  I am using an 18 Meter Spider pole.  I plan on 
> running
> 1.5 KW to it.  Looking at spider pole website it says 18 Gage wire for the
> Vertical part and 26 Gage wire for the capacity Hat.  But it says nothing
> about the power handling capacity of these wires, (both vertical and
> horizontal).  I know the spider pole is a bit flimsy at the 55 foot level 
> so
> a smaller wire is needed but I am sure someone on this reflector has the
> answers I need.
> Bruce N9BX 73

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