Thanks for the replies. I am having a rigger install a block at the top of the mast
so I can use a halyard
to raise 35 feet of sheathed stainless steel
life line. That will be my antenna. It will run parallel to my backstay. I am not going to cut my backstay.
I read about the parallel antenna here on CF and spoke to Bill about it as well.
That being said when I had the boat rewired the Protech 1220i [battery charger] was wired in that port aft area.
I was planning on having the feed point for the antenna right about the level of the boom. That would make the antenna about 35 feet long but that would mean the distance from the external antenna feedpoint to the tuner output would be about 12 feet.
I could shorten that distance by lengthening the antenna. I wanted the antenna to be at boom level and above so that no one would grab it. I was thinking about RF burns.
By making the antenna terminate close to the base of the backstay that I would shorten the distance between the feedpoint of the antenna and the output of the antenna to about 5 feet.
Is 12 feet acceptable or do I need to shoot for 5 feet? When you folks here say "as short as possible" are you really thinking in terms of inches?
is in that proximal aft area as will be the compressor
for the fridge. Will the Smartuner be adversly affected?
I can locate the tuner on the starboard afte side but that would make the distance from the tuner to the icom
about 20 feet.
Thank you for feedback