[TowerTalk] guage of wire for 500 watt antenna?

Steve Maki lists at oakcom.org
Tue Dec 5 17:42:40 EST 2017

On 2017-12-05 14:24 PM, jimlux wrote:

> 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.?

> 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

If it breaks, it's temporary :-)

-Steve K8LX

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