I am in a similar predicament as Mike in the installation
of a SSB radio
in a cat I am building. I have purchased an Icom
M802 with auto tuner and intend using one of the inner shrouds as the antenna
, with insulators as it will cost about the same as an separate whip antenna.
As with Mike I have no through hull
fittings to connect the ground to and not a lot of room to run a copper ground within the hull so had intended using an external ground plate.
Is a ground plate an alternative or should I abandone that idea altogether and try for an internal copper ground?
Second point, is tinned copper braid (25 mm wide) sufficient to run from the radio
to ground to tuner, or should I use copper tape?
Mike, if you have not already purchased a SSB
radio, I can put you in touch with an Australian company that provides the best deals on this equipment