Dynaplate, KISS-SSB, Copper?

Feb 17, 2006
5,102
Lancer 27PS MCB Camp Pendleton KF6BL
What is your RF grounding composed of? Do you have a Dynaplate installed? KISS-SSB installed? 100 sqft of copper installed? All three? Some of the three?

Enquiring minds want to know.
 
Feb 17, 2006
5,102
Lancer 27PS MCB Camp Pendleton KF6BL
Phantom, the 100sqft was more of a tongue-n-cheek kind of thing. I have read what Mr. West has to say on that.

Right now I have nothing but the vertical dipole. But I really want to run an alternate backstay antenna to the top of the mast. I am thinking of using both the KISS-SSB and a connection to either a Dynaplate or thru hull. Which ever one is available.
 
Mar 12, 2008
557
Jeanneau 49 DS San Pedro, CA
Hey Brian,

On the last boat, I used a copper foil to a thru hull method that Gordon West recommends. It worked well, but you have to keep an eye on it as it can corrode. I then sold the boat and bought a new boat, and I lucked into a KISS. Since there wasn't a close thru hull, I figured I'd give it a try. I have to say, I was impressed. It seems to work slightly better than the foil, and is a snap to install. Well worth the money.
 
Oct 1, 2008
61
Catalina C-42 mkII Alameda
Phantom, the 100sqft was more of a tongue-n-cheek kind of thing. I have read what Mr. West has to say on that.

Right now I have nothing but the vertical dipole. But I really want to run an alternate backstay antenna to the top of the mast. I am thinking of using both the KISS-SSB and a connection to either a Dynaplate or thru hull. Which ever one is available.
Not sure if you have a metal toe rail on your Lancer but I have had some success using the metal toe rails as a counterpoise on a friend's Jeanneau 46. I also used the lifelines as a counterpoise on another friend's installation. Both configs seemed to work well.

73 de W7YOT
 
Feb 17, 2006
5,102
Lancer 27PS MCB Camp Pendleton KF6BL
Yes, I have a metal toe rail. Just need to bond them all together. I had thought of that method also. The KISS is definitely on my list (Hall and Oats anyone?). But it wouldn't hurt to have either a thru hull or Dynaplate, or both (all three?).
 
Mar 12, 2008
557
Jeanneau 49 DS San Pedro, CA
Why put another hole through your hull if you don't need it? And I think you will find that the added ground paths won't improve your transmissions any.
 
Oct 6, 2009
97
Custom Bluehull Kennesaw, Ga.
Well all that sounds good. I'm running a TarHill II sitting on a pizza pan. Seams to be working good. :dance: