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marine mobile antenna - power boat Feb 26th 2016, 03:09 3 5,513 on 3/5/16

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marine mobile antenna - power boat W2HDI on 26/2/16
I've operated mm very successfully from a sailboat, but have just switched to a power boat and trying to figure out how to install an hf antenna. The boat is a Maine style lobster boat, 34 ft in length. Of course I have the option of a mobile antenna on the top of the boat, which has a mast structure. But I don't think I can get to an adequate ground point in the hull. I can ground to stainless steel rails that go around the entire boat.
I'm thinking about an end fed antenna - the length from the top of the mast structure to the boat is about 29 ft. I already have a coax from the mast to nav station where I will install an Icom 7100.

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