Well, it’s been awhile – relocated about 20 miles from the original station, and have not updated here for a long time – my bad. I’ve had requests for details regarding the WG2XKA antenna system, so this is it.
The current system is located in my ‘front yard’ as this is the best spot. Starting cold allowed me to plant a real radial system for 630m. A 1′ diameter ring was constructed from #4 copper stranded power company wire. The radials are soldered around this ring, then Kryloned. Right now, there are about 80 radials of #18 solid soft copper wire, most in the 40′-60′ length range. Many are over 100′ as space permitted. The ring and radials are pinned right on grass that was cut short, using U shaped pins from a supplier, highly recommended, source noted later. About 1000 pins were utilized. Once the grass grows and after several summer cuts, they just disappear! I should note that it’s important to locate several parallel radials directly under the top loading wire(s), extending past the top wires.
Below is the ring supported on firebrick, prior to adding radials.