Re: Ground Radials


From: Pete Rossi (
Date: Wed May 15 1996 - 10:56:00 EDT

This may not apply to all locations, but if you are putting down radials
in a typical grass covered backyard, the easiest thing is to let them
bury themselves. Now is the perfect time of year to do it.

Cut the grass as short as possible in the area where the radials are to go.

Stretch out the radial wires and make a little hook in the end to anchor
the end in the ground.

Now the trick is to keep people/dogs/etc/ from walking/running through
your radial field while the grass grows. This time of year that shouldn't
take too long.

Let the grass grow a bit higher than usual before cutting it. Cut it as
high as possible the first couple times.

If you have a reasonably healthy lawn, in no time there will be no
trace of the wires.. and you can resume cutting the grass at it's normal

I put down near 6000 feet of wire this way.

Also, the wire size is not that critical. Anything larger than about #22
is a waste - unless you can get it at a good price. You just want something
physically strong enough to survive those first couple of weeks while
they are still exposed. I usually tell people to use whatever size
copper wire that you can get the most of at the cheapest price.

I ran across a place selling 2000 foot spools of #20 vinyl coverved
"hookup wire" for $10 a spool. I bought all that he had. I never
did hear any final verdict as to whether bare copper or insulated wire
is better. I think any difference is probably down in the noise level.
At least with insulated wire, you get slightly greater strength for a
given wire size and no worrys about corrosion, etc.

Put those radials down! They *do* make a difference.


Pete Rossi - WA3NNA

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