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Rich, please elaborate then on the fact that the horizontal component would seem to be insignificant. If that is the case, why is the AC ground we discussed such a problem.
Assuming that most of the AC wiring in a single story building runs horizontally, to terminate at the circuit breaker pannel which normally has a ground connection to a cold water pipe or ground rod, why would this horizontal field contribute so much to the field strength that it would draw the ire of a rouge field agent?
I fail to differentiate between offset radials and random AC wiring ground when you stress that “the field is detectable using a current probe or field intensity meter whose antenna is physically close to that radial.” It seems as though this is double speak on one hand stating radiation from these offset radials is insignificant yet the offset random AC wiring ground contributes to a strong field.
The only difference seems to be your mention of “buried radials” yet, effective counterpoise systems buried on not are said to be non-radiating, only acting as a return path capacitivly coupled to these earth currents.