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 Source of 3mm copper antenna wire ? 
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Great, thank you.

On the copper wire stretching v hard drawn one.

I tried the hard drawn copper on the 80 m loop. It was quite hard to use, so I did not like it as the material.

Although I find that even the 1.6mm ordinary antenna wire from WSPLC etc will stretch a bit in the first year of use, despite pre-stretching it, on the long runs like in the case with the top band half lambda Inverted L etc.

M6XMA wrote:
Here's one..

http://www.qvsdirect.com/2-5mm-24a-sing ... -100m-blue

Other colours too :)

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Dave
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 Source of 3mm copper antenna wire ? 
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ei9ju wrote:

I've been using 1.6mm stainless steel/aluminium alloy mig wire for quad elements and that stuff lasted years, it's also very strong as long as it's not severely kinked, one bend around a fitting is OK but you wouldn't want to straighten it again and try to reuse that end.
It would be good for a fixed dipole as it can also be stretched real tight.

....but after years of experimenting there's only one wire I'd use now for antennas, it's dirt cheap and you could tow a car with it.....military D10 field telegraph cable, I can't recommend it highly enough.


[Kymmy] Just look at the hassle I had with steel flex on the cobweb, without a copper coating it was just too resistive for such a low impedance loop. It suits some antennas but not others..[/Kymmy]


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