[TowerTalk] Saltwater Ground Connection

Grant Saviers grants2 at pacbell.net
Mon Jan 27 16:26:39 EST 2014

I used two resonant elevated radials, about 18" above the sand and 5' 
from high tide at TX5D for 20 ->10.  That worked super well. Stay within 
1/4WL of the water and it will work.  IMO no direct connection to salt 
water is needed, but if you do connect, only the top few inches matter 
for RF.

Grant KZ1W

On 1/27/2014 12:40 PM, Joe Giacobello, K2XX wrote:
> I'll be vacationing on a saltwater beach and will have a chance to to 
> set up a portable vertical antenna.  Operation will probably be on 40, 
> 30 and 20M.  I have a vague recollection of reading of others' 
> experiences on saltwater and believe that they typically used a single 
> wire ground connection to the saltwater.  I believe the wire had a 
> flat metal plate or similar attached to the saltwater end to increase 
> both conductive surface area and stability in the water.  Does that 
> seem about right?  I've also thought about using a galvanized bucket 
> at the end.  Even if it only lasts for the duration of my stay, it's 
> cheap enough.
> I'd appreciate hearing of any relevant experiences or opinions.
> Thanks and 73,
> Joe
> K2XX
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