I'm about to pull my mast
for stripping and repainting, and I'm planning out the masthead instruments now. I'll have a LunaSea LED tricolor light that purportedly has no RF leakage... but I'm considering a few other things up there and would love a sanity check if you've got experience and time.
I'd like to have an ultrasonic wind
instrument, like either the Maretron WSO100 or the Airmar 220wx, but I'm hearing that these both go a little haywire if they're mounted near a VHF antenna
I've got a Standard Horizon GX2150 VHF
with AIS reception
that I'd definitely like to have mounted as high as possible, since it's the radio
I use the most, by a wide margin.
I've also got an Icom
IC-7000 ham radio
that isn't yet setup - the HF antenna
output will go to an insulated backstay, but I'm wondering a bit about the 2m/70cm antenna output...
Lastly, I'm planning on installing a Ubiquiti Bullet-M2-HP wifi
router up as high as I can, for wifi
access in ports
My questions are basically these:
- would it be better to have the VHF share a masthead antenna with the ham radio (for the VHF/UHF bands only), and use an antenna switcher, or would it be better to have the ham radio have its own antenna on the stern arch?
- I hear the VHF interferes with ultrasonic wind
instruments, and vice-versa - any tips on avoiding that, other than "mount one higher than the other"? has anyone tried adding shielding (ie metal tape) to an ultrasonic wind instrument?
- what sort of interference
can I expect from putting the wifi antenna up there? is this another one that would make more sense on the stern arch?