I need to order some insulators for my SSB antenna
. I also have a question about how to rig them.
First, I don't have one of those little wedge shaped things to measure the wire size, only a dial caliper. I thought it would be real plain what the wire size is using it.
It measures .293 with the calipers, 9/32 is .28125, 5/16 is .3125. I'm pretty sure the wire size is 9/32. Correct?
Next, again, I think I know, but second opinions can save a lot of problems.
The only stay I have that is reasonable is the backstay, but it is a wishbone type, and I can't make one long antenna
My plan is to insulate the top at the masthead, one side just below the split and the other side a reasonable distance above the deck
. I just don't think the angle in the middle of the leg in the antenna will make any difference.
Right now the antenna tuner is in the center of the boat, right below the rear mast
. The previous owner ran it about 15' up inside the mast
, then just lead wire drooped to the front mast. Inside the mast does no good, the rest of the wire has fallen apart. None of this was good.
Now, I think I need to move the tuner to the side of the boat right under the stay, so that the lead wire goes right up to the stay. Will it matter if the lead wire runs horizontally 8 feet or so to the stay? I do know that the wire is part of the antenna, just not sure if it matters. I have a friend who is a ham who says just hook the lead to anything, let the whole rig be an antenna. Might work ok as an antenna, I don't know, but it also might light up the crew from time to time!