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Author Topic: Copper Fishing Line for wire antennas  (Read 2547 times)
W5CPT
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« on: August 27, 2013, 02:27:46 PM »

I have been using Copper Trolling Line for my wire antennas for a while now.
When I put up my first one I wondered if it would last.
Well 4 years later I'll say it does.

Below is a link that sells it online if you live in an area that folks don't deep troll for fish (like I do in Kentucky)

http://jaxcattackle.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=272&AdID=5210cm00cm0272

The price is not bad and it can even be had in longer lengths for full wave loops.

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WI8P
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 03:38:37 PM »

I thought people in Kentucky fished with dynamite.   Grin
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W5CPT
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 04:07:46 PM »

Yup - they do - that is why I have to buy the wire from Michigan.

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NI3S
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 04:31:49 PM »

Michigan?  The link you posted is from a place in Massachusetts.

http://jaxcattackle.com/pages/about-jax-cat-tackle-3.html?zenid=a41daa66ebd602e8d05435d0f3a70b39

For the record I am ordering some ASAP. 
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K2OWK
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 05:49:33 PM »

Hello W5CPT, I have some legitimate questions for you about this copper fishing line. I have been fishing all my life and have never heard of it. How strong is this line? Can it be used for a dipole or inverted "V" dipole? How about for ground radials? Is this line pure copper or an alloy? It sounds like a great inexpensive way to build different types of antennas. Last question. can it be soldered.

Thanks,

73s

K2OWK
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W5CPT
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« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 09:42:01 PM »

How strong is this line?

It is rated like all other fishing line - in breaking strength - in the link I posted it is offered in 30 lb and 45 lb

Can it be used for a dipole or inverted "V" dipole?

I have a elevated ground plane for 30M and a longish Inverted L for 160M - no failures and the Inverted L has a very long horizontal element.

How about for ground radials?

I don't know - I guess it would work well as it is very flexible.

Is this line pure copper or an alloy?

Again - I don't know - I would assume so as pure copper would be very weak and VERY expensive.

<snip> can it be soldered.

Yes - I twist and solder all connections with no problems.  I make sure I don't get solder up in the area that bends and have had no failures (yet). 

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NJ3U
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 06:22:24 PM »

Clint - what is the diameter and it looks to be a braid in the photo ?

thnx for posting - NJ3U Rory 73
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W5CPT
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 09:36:08 PM »

Clint - what is the diameter and it looks to be a braid in the photo ?

The line I use is 30 lb. test which is not too large (about 14 Ga. equivalent) and is twisted not braided.  There are different manufacturers, so you may find some different than what I use. I am going to have to get some more as my reel is getting low.

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