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That's exactly what I have found to be among the best antennas I ever tried for many reasons - Doesn't compromise the rigging, easily raised or lowered if needed for maintenance or tuning and independent of the rig should a catastrophy occur. Depending upon how it is fed, it's radiation angle is low (maximizing distance covered) and even somewhat direction in radiation pattern which can be a detriment too. As you can probably tell from the screen name, I am a "ham head".
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You're getting into deep waters!

The antenna coupler isn't _integrated_ with the FS1503EM -- it's a separate box, which needs to be mounted at the base of the antenna.

FWIW, the price at http://www.boatersland.com/fs1503em.html
is pretty good, considering the antenna coupler is included. But don't kid yourself -- installation is _not_ trivial.

The most common SSB on cruising boats now is the Icom IC-802, with a matching AT-140 (I think) antenna coupler. The older Icoms are also popular, and available used. Nothing good is cheap, though.

My opinion is that if you want to use -- and certainly, if you want to _install_ -- an SSB radio, you should study for a ham license.

That way, you'll understand a bit more about what you're doing.

Another possibility is to get an SSB _receiver_. That's considerably cheaper, and the installation just means running an antenna wire and 12v DC power. You'd get weather forecasts, and be able to listen to the marine nets. But you couldn't call for assistance.

Charles [VA7CPC]
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Oops -- forgive me for posting after reading only Page 1 !

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As you can probably tell from the screen name, I am a "ham head".
Which is why I knew you'd take the term in good humour!

My amateur radio friend (who is a liveaboard) weighed in on that debate. He wrote the last four messages.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ht=GAM+antenna
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Which is why I knew you'd take the term in good humour!

My amateur radio friend (who is a liveaboard) weighed in on that debate. He wrote the last four messages.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ht=GAM+antenna
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