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Radial Plate Cheap and Easy
10-27-2017, 09:36 AM (This post was last modified: 10-27-2017 09:40 AM by W6SDM-Steve.)
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Radial Plate Cheap and Easy
While there may be a lot of discussion and disagreement on how many radials, whether to bury them or keep them above ground, etc., one thing is in total agreement: Your vertical will work better with resonant radials, period. Radials are the "other half" of your "dipole" when putting together a vertical.

A radial plate, usually made of copper or stainless steel, can be expensive because of the machining that goes into it. Here's something from Home Depot that cost less than a quarter pounder at McDonald's and will work just as well as an expensive radial plate from DX Engineering. It's stainless steel, so it won't rot in the ground. It's pre-drilled for 10-24 bolts, which should also be stainless steel. Simply pull out the rubber stopper/centerpiece and slip it over your ground rod, then ground it with braided cable.

73, Steve, W6SDM

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NC6F-Tim (11-04-2017)
12-26-2017, 06:07 PM
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RE: Radial Plate Cheap and Easy
Great idea! Never thought about using a sink strainer for a radial plate.

I found an old stainless steel scale top in the scrap bin, cut the tabs holding the center section, and drilled holes for a radial plate for my 18AVQII vertical. It has twenty ~35ft radial wires with one wire long enough to connect to my radio ground rods.

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