My boat has an Icom M710 SSB with tuner installed. The back stay is insulated and used as the antenna. I have been able to receive but very scratchy and somewhat distorted. I have not gotten any reply when sending so suspect I may not be putting out. As I started looking at things I found the wire to back stay connection was done with a poorly fitting clamp and the wire pulled out of the clamp. For the interim I used a small hose clamp to secure the wire to the back stay. As I checked further I found the wire was crimp butt spliced just above the deck. The splice fell apart when I removed the tape covering it. I think my antenna may be sub par.
What kind of wire should I use between the back stay and the radio?
How should I attach the wire to the backstay?
I'm clueless about this stuff, advice/tips appreciated.