Originally Posted by Marcvet
I have my backstay insulated for use as an SSB antenna. I need to replace the backstay and was thinking of using a 23' fiberglass antenna on the stern rail to avoid the cost of swedging on new insulators. Any thoughts on this?
I'm just wondering exactly how you plan to replace the backstay and install a 23' whip close by?... How big is your boat?
I'm assuming the new backstay will be earthed, otherwise someone might get a fright when you transmit. Are you sure having a earthed backstay that close won't affect your transmission pattern?
Just checking that you've thought it all through...
From RFC 1925: "(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead."