SailNet Community - View Single Post - GAM SSB Backstay Antenna
View Single Post
post #3 of Old 03-05-2012
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12,306
Thanks: 6
Thanked 176 Times in 173 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Re: GAM SSB Backstay Antenna

Doug, I would just run up one side, whichever side is the more direct run, and then up the rest. If you need to use a length of bungee to jump past something, that could work. Or you could go up a shroud instead of the backstay.

The idea is to get a more-or-less straight more-or-less vertical wire going up for the antenna, and the only reason you don't glue it onto the mast is because that would be a ground plane running right alongside it.

Even the ARRL goes on record saying that every boat is a different case, even "identical" twins because of small differences. Try hoisting the GAM in a couple of different ways, making some non-local contacts, checking SWR, and use what actually works best. It may very well not be what "theory" says "should" work best.
hellosailor is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome