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Dropping a wire down the mast is easy and that's enough for many folks. But if you want to "do it right" the wire has to be supported, not just hanging, which means bundling it into a wire bundle (i.e. with a steel support sire in the bundle) or zip-tying the bundle and putting it all into a wire chase or other tube that's attached to the mast.
So to add a new wire, first you pull the stick. Wait, first you disconnect all the rigging, then you pull the stick. Then you remove the existing wire chase, if that was pop riveted you drill out all those rivets. Now you bundle the new wire...Wait, are there any old wires you want to replace? Or an extra to add?
Yeah, I can see how "just" adding one masthead wire run could become an expensive proposition. I think the TickTack gear has been around since 1988 or shortly after that, as much as I'd rather not have wireless and worry about what was going to interfere with it...I can see how it might be very appealing compared to the cost of adding a new wire. Unless there's an existing one that can be commandeered.
If you do drop the mast, remember to change the nav light bulbs while you've got them in reach. Or, nah, nevermind, you know that once you touch those fixtures you'll have to send out for new ones, something always is ready to break off.