Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Northern New Jersey
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SSB Ground and SSB vs. Ham
I have a Island Packet 32 (you can see it at my website http://www.fullkeel.com, just click on the boat photos at the top of the main page), and yes have sailed to Bermuda in it, there are some notes and photos to that effect on the website also. What follows is how my SSB counterpoise is set up.
Believe it or not I had planned on soldering each intersection but temporarily double folded each new leg over the ''main'' and clamped it with 1 or 2 cheap $1 6" spring clamps with vinyl tips available at any Home Depot, hasn''t failed me yet so I''ve been too lazy to bring my prestolite torch to the boat and solder them.
Note: The Tuner leg and the receiver leg never meet and that is only because I''ve read numerous times that it wasn''t necessary. My receiver, mounted over the port settee has it''s strip running down through the cabinet, and then compartment behind the cushions and eventually into the compartment with the waste y valve and 2" through hull, it is terminated there. My other run goes from the tuner in the starboard lazarette to the rudder stock then down into the keel and over to the prop shaft log, then through the engine bulkhead to a motor mount then back to the shaft area and down deep into the ceiling of the bilge, then aft to the bulkhead between the fuel tank and water tank, up to the fuel tank then over to the engine seawater through hull and then back to the water tank. each place along the way is clamped using a large hose clamp or by wrapping the foil and clamping it tight to the connecting point with the clamps, the last or final end of it is clamped to the hardware cloth in the bottom of the bilge.
And no, as I mentioned to Joe, I do not use a dynaplate in my system.
Fair winds, calm seas,
~~~~_/)~~IP 32-84 Morning°Star
~ Several seats remain for 2001 Bermuda Trips