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Backstay Insulator for SSB

I installed a SSB a while back. I did it when I was outside of the USA so I did a semi-temporary wire up the backstay. Now it's time to remove that and install a proper antenna using the backstay and insulators.

My question is with the insulators. I found sailnet offers the Sta-Lok version

http://shop.sailnet.com/product_info...ducts_id/32703
http://www.stalok.com/online_shop_it...44&sec_id=1575

And Defender offers a version from Hyan called a HI-Mod Insulator

http://www.hayn.com/marine/rigging/himod.html


Anyone, please comment on the quality of either or experiences installing an insulator with the stick already up.

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Why Break Up a Perfectly Good Backstay?

Why break up a perfectly good backstay with 4 more possible points of failure?

How about a semi-permanent alternate backstay, made of s/s lifeline, hauled up with a spare halyard, and affixed at the lower end to the pushpit on one side of the boat?

I've used one on my 42' sloop for 17 years now; no problems. Works every bit as well as an insulated backstay, and without the expense or compromising the integrity of your backstay.

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my semi-permanent solution was similiar. I attached a covered wire to the backstay with zip-ties. I used it to talk with Herb in Canada while off the coast of D.R. I understand the issue with another point of failure but still prefer to go the route of an insulated backstay.

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Hyan called a HI-Mod Insulator

http://www.hayn.com/marine/rigging/himod.html
The Hi-Mod insulator is supposedly the only one that is fail-safe. I've not used their backstay insulator, but have used other of their fittings. I would go with them over StaLoks or Norsemen...

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SSB antenna

My Personal preferance would be to not modify my backstay at all, but to install a split lead antenna that is removable should I have to replace the backstay or step the mast. The Product that I prefer can be found at
http://gamelectronicsinc.com/ssb.htm
This antenna coupled to an antenna tuner should do you proud.

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I would use insulated standoffs, and install the SSB antenna in parallel with the exisiting backstay. This is probably a better way to do it as it doesn't require modifying the rigging.

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http://gamelectronicsinc.com/ssb.htm

Sorry to all, I didn't check the link. the Sailnet forum took over the hyperlink by converting the keyword ssb to dirrect you to there store hence the confusion. I hope this is helpful to you all now

http://gamelectronicsinc.com/ssb.htm

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My Personal preferance would be to not modify my backstay at all, but to install a split lead antenna that is removable should I have to replace the backstay or step the mast. The Product that I prefer can be found at
http://gamelectronicsinc.com/ssb.htm
This antenna coupled to an antenna tuner should do you proud.
Any thoughts on a reliable tuner? My Palstar tuner works great but keeps breaking down and has become rusty. I would like a tuner that can be used with any radio.
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SG-230 by SGC Electronics. http://www.sgcworld.com/

Been the standard for past 15-plus years by which all other tuners are compared.

Works with any radio.

Pricey, but well worth it.

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I would go with them (Hayn) over StaLoks or Norsemen...

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May I ask why you believe Hayn mechanical fittings to be superior to Stalock and Norseman?

Just curious.
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