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Title: 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%). How much power?
Post by: N4NOO on August 09, 2012, 01:58:15 PM
I am thinking of building a inverted-V fan-dipole and using 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%) insulated wire.
My question is about power.  Will this gauge of wire handle full power?
And any other thoughts on using this gauge wire for this type of antenna are encouraged as well.

Thanks,
Rick - N4NOO 


Title: RE: 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%). How much power?
Post by: K3VAT on August 09, 2012, 03:17:16 PM
I am thinking of building a inverted-V fan-dipole and using 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%) insulated wire.
My question is about power.  Will this gauge of wire handle full power?
And any other thoughts on using this gauge wire for this type of antenna are encouraged as well.

Thanks,
Rick - N4NOO 

Hey Rick,  Yes, full power  (BTW, this topic/thread was just covered ... use the search engine?). 


Title: RE: 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%). How much power?
Post by: W8JI on August 09, 2012, 09:56:46 PM
It depends on what full power is, but it will handle 1500 watts for sure.


Title: RE: 18 AWG solid copper-clad steel (30%). How much power?
Post by: N4NOO on August 10, 2012, 11:35:38 AM
It depends on what full power is, but it will handle 1500 watts for sure.

Hi!  Good one.  Yep, just 1500!

Thanks for the info!

Rick - N4NOO