You don't have
to bury all those radials
Forrest Gehrke (email@example.com)
Date: August 27, 1995
Original source: Usenet's rec.radio.amateur.antenna
Do I need
to bury radials laying on the ground?
If it's a
lawn where you want to put down radials, I have found the following
works very well:
First cut the grass fairly short.
Pull the radials very tight and stake them so they stay that way.
Allow the grass to grow to about 3 or 4 inches before the next
Keep the mower cutting length higher than normal the first few
The radials will now be low enough down that a mower won't tangle
them. (Of course make an inspection to be sure that all the radials
are still pulled down tightly.)
After a few months you will have trouble finding most of them
as they are well down among the grass roots.
If no grass, I just pull them tight laid down on the ground.
Putting down 120 radials and burying them sounds like too much
work! But even in this case, after a year or two they have started
to work their way below the surface in most areas.
I use small gauge #20 insulated copper wire for the radials; this
avoids corrosion. By all that's holy, avoid steel fence wire!
I'm sure you know that, but I often see it recommended.