[TowerTalk] Best way to attach radial to radial plate

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Sat Jul 2 11:23:59 PDT 2011

Radials should not be your lightning ground and if the vertical element is 
insulated how would the energy even reach the radial system.  My towers have 
taken a number of lightning strikes and I have never seen solder "vaporize". 
I personally just wrap the wire around the 1/4" bolt and screw it to the 
ground plate , but you could also use crimp on ring terminals with 
additional solder for a better connection.  Terminals are not really 
physically strong so make sure that the wire does not get moved a lot after 

John KK9A

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Subject: [TowerTalk] Best way to attach radial to radial plate
From: Dan Bookwalter
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 08:29:21 -0700 (PDT)

I have a DXEngineering radial plate , they suggest using ring terminals , it
seems to me that if you solder them , if , you taker a lightning strike the
solder would all be vaporized ? Should I just wrap the wire around the
screws/bolts and tighten them down that way ?

Dan N8DCJ 

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