[TowerTalk] guage of wire for 500 watt antenna?

jimlux jimlux at earthlink.net
Tue Dec 5 14:24:20 EST 2017

On 12/5/17 7:47 AM, Alan NV8A wrote:
> I know that this discussion started with a question about wire for an 
> antenna to be used in Belize, but people are reporting what they have 
> used in the US. Does anyone actually take note of the NEC (that other 
> NEC) requirements that even for an antenna shorter than 150ft., 14AWG 
> *hard-drawn* copper is required -- and 10AWG *hard-drawn* copper for 
> antennas longer than 150ft.?
> 73

I've always wondered about that.   Amateur antenna installations rarely 
comply with the code from that standpoint.  I figure it's because it's a 
"temporary installation" and if your AWG20 magnet wire breaks, it's your 
own problem

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