I am soon going to be collecting a boat from California and sailing it to New Zealand. The boat doesn't have an SSB (has a Global Star phone) and consequently doesn't have an antenna incorporated into the backstay or any form of ground plane (Dynaplate). I also won't have the time between arriving in the US and leaving for NZ to have the required mods done to the backstay oir absence of ground plane(too much other stuff to do).
Has anybody had any experience with whip antennea for SSB and their effectiveness for long range communication?
I've sort of established that there is a combination of radio, antenna tuner and 16 foot whip antenna that produces results. The question obviously is: How good are those results. . . . really. . . . not dealer opinion.
Any ideas (or even better, actual experience) out there? And given that I know squat from radios, let's try and keep this down to single syllables please.