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Re: KISS Counterpoise installation on a 34
One other note. I ran the antenna wire from the tuner through another hole into the lazerette locker. Also stringing it underneath the deck, I attached it directly to the highest of the backstay chainplate bolts. I disconnected the lightning ground (useless with the insulator) and copper foil ground (I bridged that).
This avoids having the antenna wire attachment above deck in the weather, which is always a corrosion issue. I also have only one insulator (aloft). Yes, it is not ABC and we need to remember not to touch the backstay when we're transmitting on the SSB/Ham (what are the odds of doing that anyway?!). But, it's much cheaper (priced an insulator lately?), corrosion free, trouble free (one less insulator to break), the antenna is longer and it works great (our signal reports have always been excellent).
Last edited by DaveMancini; 02-23-2014 at 11:41 AM.