Finally got the HF installed.
Installed an Icom 802, with an AT-140 Auto tuner and rope antenna. We installed a grounding plate last haul out
. The rope antenna is attached to it's own saddle a meter from the top of the mast
, and anchored just forward of the stanchion on the outside the port window. Secured with a shackle to a deck
plate. The auto tuner was installed on the bulkhead behind the port forward cabin
door. Put the nuts through the bulk head
from the companionway
so it looks nicer. Tuner is grounded to plate which was installed in forward cabin
face in Nav Panel, and main unit in cabinet behind Nav panel. (Will not be using VHF
and HF at the same time). Radio
wired directly to Battery
input (into Port aft fuse box located under bunk). There is a 30 amp inline fuse for power built into power supply.
So far receiving and transmitting fine.
As a suggestion to anyone considering the rope antenna. It is such a simple design, I paid $250 for it in Australia
, and feel totally ripped off. Anyone could make the same antenna for a fraction of the cost. It says that it has a patent on it, but hard to believe you could patent something so basic.