I recently replaced the backstay on my Alberg 35
and, rather than putting insulators in the backstay, I procured a GAM Split Lead SSB antenna
that "wraps around" the backstay. The antenna
is fed with GTO-15 cable, which is a high-voltage cable that resembles (in appearance and size only) a spark plug
wire you'd find on a motor
I regularly transit the canal
system in New York
, which means I have to drop the mast
on an equally regular basis. I'd like to avoid having to empty the lazarette and then crawl into it to disconnect the GTO-15 feed line from the tuner and then thread it up past the thru-deck fitting and back every time the mast
goes up and down. I'd like to put a connector a foot or so above the deck
to make this a cleaner operation, but I cannot find any connectors that are specific to this cable or its application as an RF feed line.
I suppose an SO-239/PL-239 combination could be used, but I'm concerned this might introduce a significant impedance mismatch in what is effectively the radiator in the antenna system as well as not being very waterproof.
Has anyone done anything similar? If so, what type of connector did you use?