Re: Wire for dipoles


From: Dale LeDoux (
Date: Wed Sep 18 1996 - 08:01:57 EDT

At 19:05 9/16/96 +0100, you wrote:
>I am not really sure whether the diameter of the wire is of any
>consequence at HF freq's. At UHF maybe, but IMHO the ratio of diameter to
>freq is of no consequence at say 14mhz. Am I wrong?
>Frank G3YCC
>Ham Radio QRP Web Page:
As usual, you're right. Diameter would have to be significant portion of
the wavelength, as I understand it, to affect bandwidth. At 20 meters, even
the stuff we use on high voltage transmission lines would be only a portion
of a percent. Just the sight of such substantial hardware in the air for
your operation might add a few dB to the 'boast level', but would probably
not significantly affect real operation. Of course, an antenna made out of
4/0 wire would not be cause for worry during the occasional ice storm,
assuming one had sufficient towerage (is that a word?) on which to hang it...


Dale LeDoux
Bath Electrical Systems
Power Specialists -- 480 V to 230 KV

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