[TowerTalk] Electric Fence Wire For Radials !!
Mon, 12 Nov 2001 13:04:39 -0600
Also check with your local telephone/utility company about salvage, end of roll
wire, etc. Southwestern Bell Telephone used to have a salvage store in North
Dallas (Carollton or Farmers Branch suburb) where you could buy everything from
desks to any kind of wire you could imagine, even hundreds of feet of the 22 or
24 gauge inside house phone wiring. Best deals were on the flat silver & copper
braid that ranged from about 1/2 inch to 3-4 inches wide. I bought one 40 ft
roll of the 3 or 4 inch wide braid for about $2. It looked like they'd use a few
feet off of a roll and then discard it for some reason, maybe not enough to do
the next job an installer/repair person went on.
The store was open only one day a month to outsiders and was always full of hams
when I went. They even had old leather pole climbing belts and leg spikes, but I
rather risk my life to a newer belt than some of the leather cracked ones they
were retiring. Also they had the thick rubber gloves for working around higher
voltage lines, although I'd want to fill a pair with water and check for pinhole
leaks before risking my life with them.
> Aluminum Electric Fence wire can be found at County Co-ops
> as well as the typical home improvement centers.
> I used aluminum welding wire radials for 4 years at a previous
> location with good results. I simply shoved the ends on the wires
> into a 'ground block' along with a short piece of tinned braid to the
> coax. A tinned copper wire and plently of Penetrox or AL-NO-OX
> is another (better) solution.
> I expect that aluminum electric fence wire is less brittle than
> the welding wire I used and is therefore a better choice.
> Tom N4KG
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2001 ValErwin@aol.com writes:
> > Tower Dudes:
> > I found the cheapest source of radial wire to be uninsulated,
> > Aluminum electric fence wire. It is sold by Home Depot and
> > is found in the fencing section NOT the electrical section of the
> store --
> > The wire, 17 ga., is sold in 400 meter rolls and is superior to Cu
> > wire in that it is more resistant to soil corrosion when buried than
> > Cu wire here in the Dallas, TX area --- other soil conditions may
> > a different story. My radial field under my HyTower has been in the
> > ground now for 3 years and only shows a slight greying-type corrosion
> > on the wire surface.
> > The only disadvantage I have found is that a "special" solder
> > (available at Ace Hdw.) must be used if you cannot find a
> > workaround like I did. --- I attached the ends of all radials
> > to an aluminum plate via Al nuts/bolts at the antenna base.
> > GL
> > Val
> > W5PUT
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