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[quote:2be232c7f4=”RadioheadC”][quote:2be232c7f4]Must ground radials be placed symmetrically? I seem to recall reading something about that. I’d probably be able to get them 120-150 degrees around my antenna, out into the yard running away from the house.[/quote:2be232c7f4]
Yes Scott, they have to be symetrical to obtain the optimal, desired propagation characteristics. Even on commerical phased arrays that have multiple antennas, the radials are symetrical around each antenna within the array.
If I can’t lay radials symmetrically, would I be better off not using them at all, but rather, focus on a good grounding rod system? I have two eight-foot rods now, and I could probably go as high as eight arond the mast.