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Author Topic: TCC: Finally, a reliable performance benchmark!  (Read 542 times)
KL7AJ
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« on: February 29, 2008, 09:12:51 AM »

After years and years of working with antennas, and trying to come up with a rule of thumb for how well an antenna is going to work, I've come up with an answer....TCC. Total Copper Content.

The higher the TCC of your station, the better it's going to work. Period.

When all is said and done, the more copper you have buried in the ground, suspended in the air, or even wound around a transformer, the better your signal is going to be.

This shouldn't be too surprising, considering the cost of copper. It's a universal conspiracy.

If anyone can disprove the TCC concept, I'd like to hear it.


Eric
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2008, 09:24:26 AM »

I'm installing the sink, toilet and bathtub in the shack right now to check this out.  

Plastic drainpipe?  No way.
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« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2008, 09:48:58 AM »

6061-T6 aluminum is a maximum of 0.4% copper... how's that? ;-)
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N3BIF
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« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2008, 03:01:20 PM »

 We need  a measurement scale to quantify the degree of improvement when content is increased. We should call these units "Units of AJ" or simply "AJ's"
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AA4PB
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2008, 04:22:04 PM »

TCC can be a bad thing is its longitudinal. Long copper wires have more loss. Large diameter copper wires have less loss. Of course oxygen free copper wire will make your signal sound better :-)
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2008, 10:13:02 PM »

So 300' of copper wire on a spool is just as good as the same length
strung up in the air?  A foot of copper pipe works as well as the same
weight of #24 wire strung vertically?

I think you are introducing this concept about a month too early...
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WW5AA
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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2008, 03:10:10 AM »

The bigger it is, the higher it is the better. If its still up after the winter, its not big enough or high enough!

73 de Lindy
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