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Old 09-09-2010
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NO....do not do that!

Unlike VHF antennas, SSB verticals belong down close to the water, like on the transom.

Why are you choosing to use a vertical (whip) antenna, anyway, if you have a sailboat with a 47' mast?

You might want to investigate either a traditional backstay antenna or an "alternate backstay" antenna, both of which would likely outperform the vertical on many bands -- and, you'd avoid having a whip antenna flopping about in a seaway.

What kind of boat do you have? What are your intended cruising plans?

What kind of radio? Tuner?

What are you planning for an RF ground?

Bill
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BTW, congratulations on your new ham license!

B.
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