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Re: SSB Antenna wire
Use GTO-15 wire between the tuner and the backstay. This is high-tension, single conductor wire....essentially neon light wire.
At the backstay, one good and easy way is to use stainless steel wire clamps....the U-shaped ones with two nuts on them. Get a third nut (most are metric sizes these days) and fit a good ring terminal on the end of the GTO-15 wire to slip over one of the clamp studs, and secure it with the extra nut. This makes a very strong connection which can be easily removed, inspected, cleaned, or replaced.
To help maintain the integrity of the connection you can wrap the entire clamp(after connecting the antenna wire) with butyl tape. I used some heat shrink before butyl tape became the in thing.
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