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Norm Rhines


Sorry to see you got sucked in

I love there web site (look at the cat picture) ever heard of inductance? the transmit ability on that unit would not be so good, as the stay beside it is a great receiver for say 30%+/- of the transmitted power: going into, corrosion of the mast, other electronics or?. Also I did not see any thermal info on it (You might not want to have the two hour BS session with your buddy without checking the ropes core temp)

I think there product would work for non storm days that were Dry (no salt + water in the line?you know how all of your lines get a little stiff with salt out on the ocean?) Pulling a copper line up would also work as well, with less of an issue with the salt and water. ( remember try to keep it from alining near and with any conductive material i.e. for the cat, it should be connected off one of the front bows not along the upper stay) You don?t want to make a transformer - antenna.

I will give you, that there could be some advantage in the ability to move the transmit lobes orientations +/- over a fixed installation. (angle and location of antenna) and on Land it might be a real nice portable antenna, easy to pack and you could hang it up in a tree, or down the side of a building, not a bad Idea. But I would opt out when thinking of a boat.

If you paid more than the cost of the copper + the line + 5% for the core replacement, then you may have been taken IMHO.

I think there are some good books out there on Amateur radio antennas, they could be helpful to you in this area, I believe.

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