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post #7 of Old 05-17-2012
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Re: SSB Antenna wire attachment to the backstay

Yes, that will work fine. Here are some pix to show what you've described:

Marine Antennas

(click twice on each pic for full resolution)

I still use this once in a while, but have found that an easier method which works very well is to use s/s wire clamps, sized to the backstay diameter. You just put a waterproof, heat-shrink ring terminal on the end of the GTO-15 feedline, slip the terminal over one of the legs of the clamp, and add another nut.

Most of these fittings these days are metric, so you'll need a metric nut.

This allows for very easy connection and inspection/cleaning/replacement when needed.

If you do the waterproofing well, you won't need a "drip loop", either. Just go straight up to the wire clamp.

I still use the "bent bolt" trick on "alternate backstay antennas", i.e., those made from 3/16" insulated s/s lifeline. Normally, I stick one end of the bolt into a Nicopress sleeve and clamp it onto the standing part of the wire. See last pic on above-referenced page.

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