Ordering and Shipping Questions
Can I place my order by phone?
Yes. Simply call 706-219-1050 and place your order with a credit card. Our office hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm
Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
99% of our orders are website orders that we ship direct to our customers from our warehouse. We are not staffed
or equipped for walk-in retail sales. However, we can usually arrange an appointment for you to come pick up your
order from us at our business office in Cleveland, Georgia. Be sure to call or email first to see whether or not local
pickup can be arranged.
Are your prices on the website current?
Yes, the prices you see are our current prices. Even though the copper market fluctuates daily, we try to average
out our cost through careful buying over a long period of time. Even so, we will occasionally have to adjust our
prices. We work hard to keep our overhead low, and so far, our prices have been consistently below our
How soon will you ship my order?
Most orders are shipped the next business day after the order is placed. Depending on our work load, and the
time of day an order is placed, many orders are shipped the same day they are received.
Can I request a faster shipping method?
Call us at 706-219-1050 if you have a rush order to see if we can accommodate you. Upon request, we can ship
UPS 2nd day or UPS overnight. Please be aware, copper is heavy, and expedited shipping can be quite expensive.
us a call at 706-219-1050 or email us. We're confident we can supply what you need.
What size copper strap do I need?
It will depend somewhat on your application, but generally speaking, wider is better! The only reason not to buy
the widest strap you can get, is price. You'll probably want to find a happy medium between width and price.
Typically, commercial broadcast stations use 3 inch and 4 inch widths around tower bases, between towers and
transmitter buildings, and around the perimeter of buildings. 3 or 4 inch is also used inside transmitter and studio
buildings, but sometimes you will see 2 inch widths inside studio buildings.
The same guidelines could apply to amateur radio stations. However, ham radio towers are not usually as tall as
commercial broadcast towers. More importantly, hams have the luxury of being able to shut down and disconnect
during a thunderstorm whereas broadcast stations operate continuously, storm or no storm. 2 inch strap seems to
be a good compromise for amateur radio applications. Our 2 inch strap has proven to be our most popular seller
for amateur radio applications, although if you want the very best, go ahead and install 4 inch. We also stock 1"
strap. I've never seen it used in commercial broadcast, but it's our least expensive strap, and is very easy to work
with in those less demanding applications.
The thickness of our standard copper strap is .022". I've installed thousands of feet of that thickness over the
years, much of it buried in the ground, and it has held up well. We also offer a thinner material that is .012". I've
never installed any copper that thin in the ground, and I don't know if it would hold up well over the long run.
However, it should work well in sheltered areas, and in less demanding applications.
Thanks to the requests of our customers, we now offer thicker copper, .032". Some radio engineers specify .032"
copper..... so now we stock it. It's heavy-duty, but still soft enough to be easy to work with.
Wire and braid have their place too! Wire is simple to install - easy to use. That's its main advantage. Braid is
very flexible, and is a must where a flexible ground connection is needed, such as grounding a gate at a radio
tower. For high performance RF grounds however, smooth copper strap is hard to beat.
Here's a COMPARISON CHART that outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each type conductor.
We look forward to doing business with you! We think you'll be pleased with our products and our quality of service!
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