Thanks for the ideas. I have no clue what it is. The boat is 30 years old and we're the fourth owners, so it could have been on there since 1985, or 2012 when we bought it. I was SO hoping someone on the forum would just say something like, "oh yeah, I recognize that, it's the Motorola Super Scat Grabber Model 3 and it will help you....." blah blah.
Or even better "Hot damn! I'll give you five hundred bucks for that and pay the shipping
But it looks like I am going to have to finally drag my fat, lazy, crippled old carcass up that mast and take a look.
Oh, the co-ax is still a bit of a mystery, too. In that telephoto photo
, it sure looks to me like maybe heavy cable with something like an Amphenol or similar on it. But the cable is dark. I have looked around in the bulkhead connectors I can access below the mast, and the only un-attached/un-identified one is a skinny white coax with a BNC style twist on connector. I don't know the number, off hand, but would guess that it's that white RG-58/U stuff that comes in packaged coils at Radio
So now I am asking myself is that a coax cable from an antenna up there, or a multiconductor cable that is going somewhere I haven't found yet? Or ( even worse) did a previous owner splice a piece of RG-58 to something, somewhere?
I'm still dragging my feet hoping someone will recognize that antenna. I asked two cruisers at the marina yesterday, and neither one recognized it. Both their boats are less than ten years old, too.