Originally Posted by SimonV
Your not on your own there with HF/SSB/HAM, my question is does the GAM antenna need to go on the back stay could it go on one of the side stays. I have seen these automatic antenna tuners for @$450us, I take it, they will adjust the length or the antenna internaly ! the radio is $999us.
The GAM antenna can be mounted anywhere as long as it is vertical, (yes a slope is fine too.) Mine is on the back stay. My neighbor has a catamaran and has his on the port stay and keeps an extra to haul up with a halyard in case of emergency. Yes, these definitely go thru an antenna tuner..
Hope this helps.
Asking a ham about antennas will usually heat up a conversation the same way as asking a sailor what the best anchor is.