Well it has been a while since l have posted but have come to believe in Bill Trafors doctrines.
Regarding the installation
of a SSB
/ Ham groundplane l am a believer in the connection of all metal surfaces on deck
that are accessable.
I know others swear by the installation
of copper plates and foil afixed to the hull
below the waterline and l do not wish to dispute their success.
All l know is that after my installation of my ham radio
and remote antenna
tuner (long wire from the mast head
hauled up on a block and bungeed to my aft davit frames) l connected my aluminium toe rail to the tuner to serve as a ground plane l have had successful and regular contacts with deep south operators (l'm in Toronto Canada) confirm this setup is indeed functional!
My question stems from a recent realization that l have only been utilizing about 18 ft of toe rail and that l must use "jumper wires" to bridge gaps in my ground plane.
l must join the port aft toerail section to the forward and starboard sections. I am considering drilling and tapping the sections and use copper wire and connectors to bridge the sections. Prior to commencing l wish to affirm this method. Comment and criticism welcomed.