10th Anniversary Giveaway!

On April 30th, it will be ten years since the "W2LJ - QRP - Do More With Less" blog was born.

In appreciation for all who read this blog, I am going to give something away to one lucky reader. I have a new, mint condition, unused, complete sheet of fifty United States Amateur Radio stamps, issued in 1964 on the 50th Anniversary of the ARRL - Scott #1260. I am going to have the sheet matted and framed - ready for display on some deserving shack wall. All I ask is that you send an e-mail to w2lj@arrl.net - entitled "Blog Anniversary Giveaway". Include your name, call sign and mailing address.

Any Amateur Radio op worldwide can enter. I will package and ship the framed stamps to any destination that the United States Post Office will accept.

The names and call signs will be loaded into a software program such as RandomPicker on April 30th and a winner will be determined. The winner will be announced here, and then the framed stamps will be posted.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Radials done!

For now at least!  ;)

After mowing the lawn early this afternoon, I finished the job that I had started the other evening. I finished getting my new set of radial wires down for my Butternut vertical.

My first set, put down so many years ago, consisted of a set of 25 foot  (8 Meter) long wires, fanned out from the base of the Butternut. If memory serves me correctly, I originally put 25 radials down. They have long since disappeared under the lawn, but I know for a fact that two were damaged over the course of the years. One by me, and one by our dog.

Today, I put another dozen wires down, but these were not 25 footers. Today, I laid down wires as long as I could to the opposite end of the back lawn. In all, I put down approximately 650 feet (198 Meters) worth of wire. I used up what I had leftover from last time and entirely used up a brand new 500 foot spool of 14 gauge wire.

I still need to buy another bag of landscaping pins, so that I can secure the wires to the ground s little more securely in several areas. There are a few spots where I believe the lawn mower wheels might push the wire around, unless it's secured a little better.

So that makes a total of 37 radials down around my Butternut. Someday, I'd like to get that total closer to 60. I have read in several articles that 60 is the magic number, where adding more than that causes no significant increase in benefit.

73 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


AA4LR said...

It really depends on your soil conductivity, but yeah, the more radials the better.

Back at my Gwinnett County QTH, I saw a big benefit from going from eight radials to 16, and then maxxed out at 30. Since the shunt-fed tower was at the corner of the house, I could only get 3/4 coverage of the ground. Amazing, though, what those radials can do.

I have WAS on 80m and 160m, as well as about 65 and 25 countries, respectively, confirmed on that shunt-fed tower. Radials work.

rbarnich said...

Funny you should mention 60 radials. Last summer, recently retired and back into HAM radio, I installed a DX Engineering 43 ft Vertical. The radial plate had mounting for 60 radials and that's how many I put down. 32.5' each.
Never regretted going with a vertical. At 68 yrs.old, there were days I regretted my decision to go with that many radials!
Rick Barnich