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VHF mounting advice
I will be installing all the final goodies on my mast when I finally get back from offshore, I have had some questions regarding it.
First, my mast is 65' and the line from mast at keel to radio location is probably 15' or so. So well say 80' total run of wire. I initially ran RG-8x up the mast but soon found out too much loss(It will just be a spare for another antenna). So I'm ordering Beldon 9913F7 wire with Amphenol 083-ISP connectors from theAntennaFarm. I should be correct in this, yes?
The main question, I am using a GAM SS-2 whip antenna, and will be located at the top of the masthead, on the side of the mast. My concern is that I will also have a 3' aluminium pole with my red and green all around lights (red up top, green mounted near the bottom). I have read that you shouldn't mount the antenna near metal objects like this..
Am I OK with this or do i need to make a carbon fiber pole to mount the lights instead? Or will this be negligible and shouldn't worry about it. It's coming down to crunch time and I need to get the mast stepped.
Note: I chose to use red/green lights instead of a tricolor, as I think tri's are not a visible as the former option. As a profession mariner, this is my professional opinion and I already bought the lights.