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Long wire antenna for shortwave

Discussion in 'Scanning & Shortwave Listening' started by F-STOP, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. F-STOP

    F-STOP New Member

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    When running a 60' #12 insulated wire from a tree to the house can the insulated wire run with a #9 galv. guide wire, being the support wire?


     

  2. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Why use any type of support wire? 12 gauge wire should be able to be run the 60 feet on it's own.
     
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  3. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Yes #12 can easily support itself for lengths even twice that long.The antenna need not be perfectly taught, it can droop and move with the wind(it should) and performance will be unaffected...Keep it simple...don't turn this into a Rocket Science project for a SWL antenna.
    All the Best
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  4. Captain Kilowatt

    Captain Kilowatt Professional Amateur
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    Yes indeed. Even 14 gauge wire can be used to make an 80m dipole which is approx. 132 feet end to end plus the weight of the coax hanging from the middle. I once had a 160m dipole made from 12 gauge wire which was 260 feet end to end although it was very low. No need at all for any type of carrier wire for 60 feet of 12 gauge.
     
  5. F-STOP

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    Thanx, also is there any advantage to #12 solid versus #12 stranded?
     
  6. Captain Kilowatt

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    Yes. Stranded will withstand flexing in the wind much better. Other than that no difference.
     
  7. F-STOP

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    Stranded is stronger, got it. After running the #12 to the house should I continue with the #12 wire to the radio. How should I terminate the wire to plug it into the radio? I hope to get on this this weekend.
     

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