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post #5 of Old 12-08-2009 Thread Starter
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Here is a simple, and proven easy way to get you up and running without all the hassle: A lot of sailors have bought their SSB HF radios on E-Bay, look there. If not there are less expensive ones than the Icom M802's. The 802 is thye best, but there are a number of other models and brands that also do just fine. If you do not want to cut your backstay and put in insulators, then get yourself a "GAM clip on the backstay" antenna, they work just fine. As for all the hype and confusion on the copper foil, bronze Dynaplate, copper mesh, etc, go to KISS-SSB and check out the simple KISS-SSB free standing ground plane system,and the installation diagram, it truly works very well. To put it all in perspective, Icom IC-710 radio $1,550.0, Icom At-130 tuner - $430.00, GAM clip-on antenna - $450.00, KISS-SSB ground plane system $130.00 It all adds up to - $2,560.00. This is one of the least expensive ways to go, that still gives you a great signal. Plus can all be installed by most anyone in a day and is the most simple. Hope that helps, Carl
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