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Re: Still holding its own - HF Radio

I met the designer of the KISS system at the Seattle Boat Show. I'm no HAM myself but I can usually smell bull$h!t marketing and this guy seemed totally legit. Not a whiff of snake oil anywhere. He's done some impressive sailing as well and pioneered a new route from New Zeland back to the USA West Coast via Easter Island. It's apparently now a well-enough used route by cruisers. He has been a ham for something like 50 years as well. I think the KISS system has been around a while. You might ask over at CF if you go there and see what people say about it. I recall doing some research recently on it and the reviews of owners seem to be glowing.

I was able to handle the KISS thingy myself. It's as simple as could be and basically looks like a longish coiled vinyl coated wire. Apparently you connect it up, and toss it in a locker, or stretch it out (doesn't matter) and Robert's your mother's brother.

Simon, You mentioned going to the Kimberlies. That's an area I am really looking forward to sailing when we get back down under. What resources are you using for trip planning? Books, websites, blogs? Can you let me know by PM or post where to look for that info? Thanks!

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