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Does anyone know what the history (reason) is behind the tradition of putting a coin under the mast step.

Thanks in advance.

Regards, Paul.
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uuuummmm........to ground your SSB radio? Sorry. Looking for a connection here between the subject and your question. you may get better answers if the subject line relates to the question.

Here''s my answer: tradition. When I pulled my stick, I put 2 pennies under the mast. One minted the year the boat was made and the other minted the year I pulled the stick. At least then I''ll remember when I last did it.
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This may answer your question:
http://www.higginspage.com/maststepping.htm

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My understanding is that you are supposed to put a coin under the mast when you rename the mast.

For me, I think I''ll pass on that. With a wooden mast you aren''t setting up any galvanic potentials...however with aluminum, not sure I want to go there.
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Sorry about the confusion regarding the topic !!!

My original question was concerning the SSB, & how far the range would be.

You see, Great Lakes sailors usually only concern themselves with a VHF radio, however, as our aspirations are to South in the future, I was wondering if we might listen in on some of the Caribbean chatter from here, if that were possable.

They do talk to Herb Higenburg in Burlington Ontario, from the South right ?

Anyway, I''m afraid I changed the content of the message without changing the heading...(sorry)

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Paul Ouellette
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http://www.cmawindsor.com/winpipe/

P/S This should have been called "Coin under the mast"....
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I''m a ham radio operator as well as a sailor so maybe I can help. AS in sailing, there are a number of variables to consider. The frequency you are operating on, antenna, atmospheric conditions, time of day, and type of signal you are listening to (morse cose vs voice), all impact your question. Without getting too involved, your communication can be world wide under the right conditions. Your interest in listening to the Caribean area would make me consider 14mHz band (20meter band) and you will probably have the best luck near sunrise and sunset times of the say. You should have good listening. Good luck.
Phillip Wilson, N8IPS
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distance and frequency are time dependant.
get a ssb handbook and there should be a propogation/time chart.
herb is on 12359 if my memory serves me correctly.
eric
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