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Old 20-10-2009, 05:06   #16
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Pete, The reason for use of the backstay is to keep the antenna as far away from other rigging as possible...in the clear, so to speak. Shrouds work OK, but on most boats not likely as well as the backstay due to proximity to the mast and other shrouds.
Bill many thanks, SSB is a background interest at the moment as we are coastal cruising but worth considering if we decide on more adventurous stuff later, good news is wifey is keen on an adventure. The other reason is I hate to do something to the boat and then later find I have installed something that is now in the way and has to be moved due to a change of plan. Kind of nice to get it right the first time round. Our rigging is now 10 years old so due for a change in the next couple of years. May well fit the insulators then and be ready.

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Old 20-10-2009, 08:30   #17
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Thanks everyone for your valued advice, as stated earlier my first project is to re-rig the standing rigging. In preparation for the future SSB radio I wanted to see if I could kill 2 birds with one stone, so all this advice has enabled me to be more prepared. When it comes time to buy a radio, Tuner and hook up I certainly will consult with this forum for advice.
Seeing there are several savvy communication thech. Type here I wonder if I could impose one more question
At the top of the mast I have a small whip antenna about 1/8” dia. and 2 feet long, that is sitting on a round metal case 2 “ in dia. 2 ”inch high. I do not know what this is and am wondering if I should change it when I have the mast off. It is about 30 years old. When using my VHF radio this summer on the west coast of Vancouver island I was not able to hear or reach Canadian coast Guard. So I suspect something is wrong any advise. I could reach other boats maybe 5 miles away and they could communicate with Coast Guard.
PS I could always here the weather stations?? But Coast GUARD COULD NOT HERE ME??
Is this called hijacking my original poast?
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Sounds like it is your VHF antenna and the antenna itself could be OK after 30 years BUT I would be surprised if the coax cable and connectors are still OK. Unless you can properly test it (i.e. VSWR the antenna, measure the loss of the coax/connectors, confirm radiated RF power etc), just replace everything, using quality low loss, coax, connectors, antenna.
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Sounds like it is your VHF antenna and the antenna itself could be OK after 30 years BUT I would be surprised if the coax cable and connectors are still OK. Unless you can properly test it (i.e. VSWR the antenna, measure the loss of the coax/connectors, confirm radiated RF power etc), just replace everything, using [sic: high] quality, low loss, coax, connectors, antenna.
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