I have my backstay insulated for use as an SSB antenna. I need to replace the backstay and was thinking of using a 23' fiberglass antenna on the stern rail to avoid the cost of swedging on new insulators. Any thoughts on this?
Whip antennas are great.
HF whip antennas work great with automatic or manual antenna tuners.
And if the rig ever comes down in mid ocean.....then you will still have that whip to call for help.
See other HF antenna options from the left hand links here:
Great Lakes Marine Mobile Net
How do you like the looks of a 23 ft whip?
A 23" whip on my stern rail would look a hell of a lot better than some of the other crap there!
I'm assuming the new backstay will be earthed, otherwise someone might get a fright when you transmit. Are you sure having a earthed backstay that close won't affect your transmission pattern?
Just checking that you've thought it all through... :)
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