03-10-2009, 07:08 AM
Crotchety Old Bastard
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Yes, there is a difference between the conductivity of copper and other metals. Just like there is a difference in atmospheric density. That atmospheric density doesn't make a huge difference in how hard it is to breath until it gets to a real extreme. The conductivity of whatever an antenna is made of has about the same range, amounts to about the same thing, doesn't really make much difference until you get to an extreme. The 'extreme' in either of those two thingys isn't exactly all that common. I just don't think I (or you) am
/are very likely to have a huge problem in either case, unless you deal in rarities. (I just don't have enough gold/silver/platinum wire to make an antenna. Wish I did! I'd sell it!!
Conductivity just isn't a characteristic that's very important for antenna making if you consider it in relation to a metal's other characteristics, such as weight, strength, malleability, and cost(?), etc. In general, it ranks right up/down there with the color of socks you are wearing while doing that antenna making. Hmm. Then again, considering 'current' styles, paint colored dots on your bare feet with magic markers?
(ALL puns intended)