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  1. jimma

    Chainplate as part of the antenna

    Do they really fail? The stay has been cut and swaged to a terminal. The swage might fail and the rigging might collapse, but once cut isn't it cut?
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    Chainplate as part of the antenna

    I could go with two insulators. Can always jump the bottom insulator with a wire as so many others have done
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    Chainplate as part of the antenna

    Good ideas. I wanted to avoid drilling holes at the stern. I had not thought of insulating with some sort of tubing or heat shrink. The alternative, I suppose, is install two insulators, run a wire to a bolt on the exterior chainplate, then connect the tuner to the same bolt inside the boat. Cheers and thanks.
  4. My wife brought home a Icom M710 SSB, with an AT-130 tuner and a PACTOR modem. It's my job to install it. What if I install a single insulator a few feet from the masthead, then connect the tuner to the backstay chainplate. Do I have a good HF antenna? It would be about 55 feet from the tuner to the insulator. There is now a wire from the chainplate to a thru-hull, but I can disconnect that.