Originally Posted by JoeFish
How's the weight and how did you solve the mounting issue to get it out of the upwash upwind?
The unit weighs nearly 3/4 lb which is a lot when you figure about 34g/m for the cable as well. Does the mounting you use eliminate any deflection caused by rapid direction changes that you see at the masthead?
This was a challenge.
I bought a stainless 1 meter antenna mast
, plus a socket mount, all from Shakespeare. I bolted the socket firmly to the front of the masthead truck with three loktighted 8mm bolts, electrically isolating it with that yellow goop.
I felt that the stainless mast
was too heavy, so I gave it way. I had an aluminum
mast made, longer, 1.2 meters. The N2K cable wouldn't go through it, so I had it drilled out. Twice. As the day for the mast going back up crept ever closer.
Now it is very robust, and I think up to any motion. I could stand on it, without any noticeable deflection. At 1.2 meters above the masthead truck, I think out of any wash.
But the much lighter and smaller LJC Capteurs unit will of course be better, in this respect.