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I've installed a bunch of them for various customers on monohulls, catamarans, and power boats. And, I've used them ashore in a number of portable and testing operations. They work very well on both ham and marine bands.
Extremely simple to install, great construction, works as advertised, and IMHO good value when you compare apples-to-apples, i.e., the time and cost you would incur in actually building, testing, and installing a similar product.
Note that some boats are constructed in such way that an unconventional RF radial system is easy to set up, so you don't need the KISS. An example are the Island Packets, most of which have a stainless steel rub rail all 'round the boat. Bonding the tuner ground lug to this rub rail is all you need do for an effective radial system
The KISS radial ground system is proof positive that the urban legends like the "100 sq ft ground plane" or the necessity to "connect to the water" or "capacitatively connect to seawater", etc....are just that: oft-repeated legends which have just a shade of truth and "feel well" so that even folks who should know better just go on mouthing them.
Disclaimer: I'm a dealer for the KISS...the only product for which I'm a dealer. I do it for the convenience of my customers and 'cuz I'm a believer.
Last edited by btrayfors; 12-13-2011 at 05:20 PM.