Yeah, my pvc pole antenna contraption was on a ketch
.....the mizzen had no backstays
My main had double backstays
, but they ran real close to the mizzen shrouds, missed them by only 2" or so. I was concerned this might confuse the tuner, or the radiation pattern of the antenna, so I nixed the backstay idea. This lead to the pvc pole lashed to my stern pulpit idea. It worked like a champ. Never ever had a problem with it and was able to send and receive pretty much everywhere I went.
At one time, I extended my wire antenna from the top of the mizzen mast
to the top of the main mast
, thinking the added length would help propagation, but this angle between the two masts was too flat to have much use, so I took it off.
But getting back to Aruba
. I'm sure that Aruba
will have a ham club or active hams, so it might be worth it to see if some local hams can be found. You never know, they might have a whip laying around somewhere or know where one could be found.
I did see a boat
once that had a wire topping lift
rigged with insulators on each end. When the owner wanted to use the radio
, he ran a GTO wire to the bottom of the topping lift
from a tuner located under a cockpit
seat. He told me it worked fine. A bit inconvenient at times, but worked for his purposes.
In the " old days" I would sometimes see a variety of homemade antenna's on sailboats, so there are other options. Probably wouldn't look good on a cat though.
The few times I've come across a whip antenna on a sailboat, it seemed that the upper part of the antenna is constantly in motion. Even a slight rocking at anchor
is enough to to have it swaying around like a drunken sailor.