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Then I grounded the radio to a bronze thru hull w SS hose clamp. Should that theoretically be working?
I'm with you on all but this. Hose clamps don't make good electrical connectors. Drill and tap a small hole and crimp a ring terminal (or use copper strap with a hole) to bolt the ground to the thru-hull.

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I'm with on all but this. Hose clamps don't make good electrical connectors. Drill and tap a small hole and crimp a ring terminal (or use copper strap with a hole) to bolt the ground to the thru-hull.
I have to ask on this one. If the foil is run to the thru hull, and the hose clamp is only to hold the foil in place, why whould it make a difference? The reason I ask is using a hose clamp to hold the foil in place was the way Gordon West told me to do it. It's not the hose clamp that makes the connection, it's the foil-to thru hull connection. Gordon West just told me to make sure the thru hull was clean, and then clamp the foil directly onto the thru hull.
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I would say you are good with a hose clamp. Your RF ground system should work. I understand you wrapped the long wire antenna around a stanchion. I would not do that. The RF from the antenna will get grounded. you could tie a line to the stanchion and then to the antenna wire to insulate it from the ground. Even though your antenna wire is insulated- this is not a RF insulator.

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If the foil is run to the thru hull, and the hose clamp is only to hold the foil in place, why whould it make a difference? The reason I ask is using a hose clamp to hold the foil in place was the way Gordon West told me to do it.
In my experience hose clamps don't work well. Corrosion is fast, they loosen, and the deformation of the foil regularly leads to mechanical failure.

I don't recommend them. Drilling and tapping a small hole is easy, fast, and more reliable.

Incidentally, the coils of wire around the stanchion base will form a small inductor. As long as the tuner loads correctly and the stanchion and lifelines aren't bonded it should be fine. Still, it would be better not to do that.

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