[TowerTalk] re Radials

hasan schiers schiers at netins.net
Wed Jun 14 10:13:21 EDT 2006

But....aluminum in a lot of soil types will disintegrate in a couple of 
years, so best to know the soil characteristics before making the effort to 
lay a bunch of aluminum down. 68 bucks for a 1000' of #14 THHN insulated 
copper wire is not a fortune, and would last a very long time.


...hasan, N0AN
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Lux" <jimlux at earthlink.net>
To: "Rob Atkinson, K5UJ" <k5uj at hotmail.com>; <towertalk at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 8:56 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] re Radials

> At 06:29 AM 6/14/2006, Rob Atkinson, K5UJ wrote:
>>It depends on whether or not you either bury them, lay them flat on the
>>ground or elevate them a significant distance in terms of wavelength.  If
>>you bury them or lay them on the ground the 40 meter 1/4 w/l will be okay
>>on 20.  If you elevate them (for 7 mhz 6 feet would probably be okay) then
>>I think you need radials cut to each band you want to operate.
>>If you haven't bought your wire yet, you'll have to rob a bank first.  I
>>heard last night that #14 and #12 cu wire prices have gone to the
>>moon.   A guy I know paid $90 for 500' of #12 at one of the big box
>>stores.  500' of #14 is around $40.  It was $15 two years ago.
> Yes indeedy.. copper prices have shot through the roof.  Starts to make
> aluminum electric fence wire look more attractive.  60% of the 
> conductivity
> of copper, but less than half the price, so just lay twice as much. (Labor
> is free on ham antenna projects, right?)
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