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General Category => Antennas => Topic started by: rgp415 on March 23, 2019, 01:57:18 pm

Title: Antenna wire
Post by: rgp415 on March 23, 2019, 01:57:18 pm
Is it ok to connect shorter runs of wire to make one long antenna run? Any cons to this? Thanks to everyone for your input.
Title: Re: Antenna wire
Post by: gil on March 25, 2019, 04:05:40 pm
Absolutely, no problem.  :)

Gil.
Title: Re: Antenna wire
Post by: Jim Boswell on April 15, 2019, 07:44:17 am
When joining wire for a HF antenna, use strong, soldered connections. For portable antennas I use 18ga. wire, for long term antennas I use 14ga wire. de KA5SIW
Title: Re: Antenna wire
Post by: Alpha_Greywolf on April 23, 2019, 04:56:01 am
Quote from: rgp415 on March 23, 2019, 01:57:18 pm
Is it ok to connect shorter runs of wire to make one long antenna run? Any cons to this? Thanks to everyone for your input.


A linked dipole is just lengths of wire temporarily attached to each other to increase its length.
Mine is cut for 20/40 with crimped and soldered spade connectors to bridge the gaps.

It has been outside in high winds and all weather, the only time it broke was when the suspension pole was blown over and the wire snagged. A quick replacement of the spade connector and it was good to go again.