Paul Poindexter, WA6RXM of Los Angeles, CA installed his SG-230 in the "lazaret" (i.e. stern portion) of the boat was mounted against a fiberglass bulkhead, with "ribbon" copper strapping running to a large Guest grounding plate mounted on the underside of the boat abaft of the propeller shaft strut and ahead of the rudder.
"Since installing the unit, it has operated flawlessly in conjunction with my HF SSB radio, to tune one of my two backstays, which has insulators installed therein which isolate an approximate 23 foot section. I have had excellent signal reports from virtually all over the world. The tuner's low current drain is an additional plus on a sailboat where electrical load management is always a factor, especially when off-shore cruising. I also use the tuner for transmitting via digital modes -- primarily Pactor I, which, in conjunction with my on-board lap-top computer, KAM PLUS modem, and appropriate software, allows me to send and receive "HF E-mail" anywhere in the world.".
From April until October my SG-230 is installed on my boat feeding a 23-ft Shakespeare marine whip antenna. There are no radials. The rig runs 100 watts. With this arrangement I am able to work all bands, 160-10 meters and with fairly good success.
Jim Weidner, K2JXW
Dennis Breckenridge reports, "I have a SGC-230 installed on my offshore sailboat the True Mettle. Instead of cutting the backstay and installing insulators, I added a separate antenna made from junkbox parts. Two cheap (under $2.00) insulators, a few feet of 1/4" Dacron line and 40 feet of 10 gauge wire. I have had this antenna up for 3 years now (I expected it to fail in the first real good blow).
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