I long ago stopped commenting here about the KISS...
But, just thought I'd make you aware of a few important things...
a) There is no reason to use a KISS Ground, nor any other radial ground system, when you already have a direct sea water
connection and can use the sea water
as your RF / Antenna
b) If someone doesn't have this direct sea water connection, and cannot effectively utilize other metallic structures (such as alum toe rails, lifelines
, stanchions, pushpits, tanks
, keels, etc.) as their RF / Antenna ground, then utilizing a radial ground system (aka a "counterpoise"), can be a good way...
But, this can be done fro free (or at the most, about $5) and done in < 5 minutes, by any non-technical/layperson sailor!!
(see details in the link in "c"...)
c) A quite detailed account of the KISS has been done by myself and others....and while it is an esthetically pleasing piece of gear
, it is NOT really a "tuned radial system" as it is marketed....and it is seriously inferior to a direct sea water connection RF / Antenna ground...
Please have a look here for all the details:
Re: KISS-SSB Counterpoise
d) Any ground system (and any antenna) can work....even no ground system at all, still works!!
It is all a matter of degree....i.e. "how well does it work?" or more precisely "how well does something work, for the $$$ spent, compared to other approaches?"
I have made excellent contact worldwide, with a simple random wire antenna, and no ground at all!
But, that is not what is optimal!
And, this is why the "argument" about ground systems (and antennas) continues....'cause it is all a matter of degree...and of course 'cause the vagaries of the ionosphere are typically much more pronounced that the differences in signal strengths from the use of different ground systems!!
I hope you find the above factual information helpful...