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Date Posted: - Friday - 07/23/10 - 12:37pm
Author: Jared Kibele
Subject: Jumping across the split
In reply to: Randall, Murre, M31 's message, "Ham antenna on a Mariner stay rig" on - Friday - 07/23/10 - 11:11am

I spoke to a very knowledgeable ham radio guy who's also a sailor and has done a bunch of radio installations on boats. His name is Mike Wapner, (K6QD) and he's part of the Santa Barbara amateur radio club. He told me that you can clamp a short length of cable to the upper part of the stay and to one side of the lower. That way, you join it into one long stay to use as an antenna. I'm a little fuzzy on the insulator set up but I think he said that you should put one at the top, one at the bottom of the side that you're using as an antenna, and one just below the split on the non-antenna side. You'll want to verify that with someone who knows before you go out and buy insulators and start cutting up your rigging. At any rate, he was very adamant that a split backstay could indeed be turned into an antenna.


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[> Backstay antenna -- Doug Wilson, - Friday - 07/23/10 - 4:32pm

I have my SSB antenna using the backstay.
Three insulators, works fine.
You might look up Gordon West, good guy lots of info on SSB installation.

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