Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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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...
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