[TowerTalk] Best Wire for Radial Field

K8RI on TowerTalk K8RI-on-TowerTalk at tm.net
Mon Aug 21 01:17:32 EDT 2006

>I am getting ready to put out a radial field for my 80M shunt-fed
> tower antenna.  I have not read anywhere what is the best type of
> wire or gauge for this project. I have a large spool of 18 ga.
> enameled wire at my disposal - but would stranded wire be best?  The
> "invisible-fence" wire at Home Depot is pretty cheap - looks like 7-
> strand 18 ga.

My self, I'd use what ever "bare" wire that was easily handled and not too 
fragile.  I like bare, #16 just deep enough to be missed by the lawn care 

OTOH I've not had a good vertical up in years (since I lived in Breckenridge 
MI about 30 MI SW of Midland)

Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2

> I would appreciate the collective advice.
> Brian, K1NW
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