Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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FYI, propagation for the past few days has been absolutely terrible on several ham and marine bands. You might or might not have a problem.
I'd give it a few days, check reception on WWV 10, 15mHz, listen to the nets...both ham and marine. Ham nets include the Waterway Net at 0745-0830 EDT daily on 7268kHz LSB, and the Maritime Mobile Service Net most all day on 14,300kHz USB. Marine nets include Cruizheimers on 8152kHz USB daily beginning at 0830 EDT.
If you're feeling energetic, you might just attach a random length wire to the tuner's antenna lug -- any kind of insulated wire will do -- at least 23' long and hoist it with a halyard away from other rigging. See what you get. The Gam antenna, by the way, is just a fancy end-fed antenna; the wire should do just as well. BE CAREFUL if you try to transmit, though, as the wire will act as an antenna all the way to the tuner, and will radiate RF when you transmit.