[TowerTalk] Sailboat & Mast Antenna?
jwagner at dxengineering.com
Fri Mar 17 08:30:34 EST 2006
> Now that is exactly what I would do, but most all MM stations
> I have talked to have said do not hang anything in the ocean
> because it was a problem, I wish I could remember why.
> I should have taken more notice I guess. I am sure someone
> here will have an answer.
> Mike K6BR
> I have been given a 19' Lightning Sail boat.
> The hull is sound but it will need considerable
> attention before it is seaworthy.
> The mast is a tall metal construction
> A very good friend of mine (WB4CPZ, now SK) used a
> commercial all band Icom
> with auto tuner to cover marine and ham frequencies from both
> a smallish sail
> boat and later a second hand trawler he used as a scuba dive
> boat running
> from Tarpon Springs to the Totugas. He was pretty pleased
> with the 40m
> performance to keep in touch with locals regarding various
> weather issues and simply
> keeping in touch with the world on his jaunts.
> Worst case, if the mast does not play, run a sloping wire to
> the top and dump
> a weighted counterpoise ground wire over the side. Its tough
> to beat a nice
> slt water ground system!
SGC has an article about using their autotuner on a sailboat. Has some
discussion about the radial system.
Good Luck with your project. Keep us informed
73, John W8JJW
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