[TowerTalk] guage of wire for 500 watt antenna?

john at kk9a.com john at kk9a.com
Sun Dec 3 10:30:01 EST 2017

Are there any trees on the property?  I think multiple dipoles fed with RG8X
would work better.  I always use 14ga because it's cheap, easy to use and
plenty strong.  The 500watt power level is not an issue for most sized
wires, the strength is.  Enjoy being DX, it's a blast.

John KK9A

To:	"towertalk at contesting.com" <towertalk at contesting.com>
From:	Gary Slagel 
Date:	Sat, 2 Dec 2017 22:00:59 +0000 (UTC)

I'm hoping to get to Belize to work ARRL DX CW contest this year and I'd
to take my Elecraft KPA500/KAT500 and operate 500 watts. I will be at a
house and not next to the ocean so I'm thinking of getting a doublet up in
air as far as I can on a fiberglass pole, feeding with 450 ohm ribbon and 
tuning it on 10 thru 40 and maybe 80M. 
The fiberglass pole won't take too much weight so I'd like to go as small as
can on the wire.   Any suggestions or input?
Thanks, Gary KT0A  

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