We are planning on coastal cruising this Sun or Monday.
I haven't been on HAM radio in over 7 years. I bought some HAM sticks on Sat and mounted it on the end of my Dinghy Davits
so it would be over the water about 9 feet or so.
It was about 3PM CST and decided to see if my equipment
still worked. First call I contacted a man in Ontario
, Can. on 28.350MHz (10 meter band). OK everything seems good so far. Next call I went to 14.300Mhz - the mariners net. It was a clear call to a guy in Seattle
area. I had other things to do so I decided not to even fool with the 40 meter whip because I am sure it will be good.
I used simple HAM stick clamped to the dinghy
davit arm with no ground plane except the water itself with no direct connection to it. I do not own or have an antenna tuner.
There may be better systems than this, but how much better do I need?
Considerations with using back stays and other high rigging
1). Lots of extra work with maybe as good a performance as a whip.
2). Are you guys aware that the terminal connections will corrode in a salt water environment
? They will and then how will you clean them? Re-rigging all over again?
3) Here is a biggie - HAM frequencies are not that far from marine frequencies. The whips have adjustable stingers. They can work - or just buy SSB whips if it will make you feel better.
Goudurix: "If one wants the best efficiency and no tuner than vertical wire dipoles specific per frequency are by far the best solution."
I can change whips in under 20 seconds. Can you do that with vertical dipoles?
One more note to marine band radio folks. The reason some of us are talking about different frequencies is because the higher frequencies are only good during the daylight hours. The lower frequencies are better during the night hours.
Has to do with the ionosphere and radio wave propagation.