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Old 07-03-2015, 01:29 PM   #1
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SSB/Ham Antenna on American Tug 34

I am buying an American Tug 34 and want to install a ham radio. What have other AT owners or Nordic Tug owners used for an Antenna?

I am a licensed ham. On my sailboat I made an antenna by removing the core from some double braid rope and replacing it with a piece of wire. I won't have the mast height to make the wire long enough to be resonant.

I am expecting to have to use a manufactured vertical antenna. However, the AT 34 is not that tall so a 23' antenna will more than double air draft of the boat and won't provide any support for the top of the antenna.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Old 07-03-2015, 01:53 PM   #2
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We use one of these. It's a wing nut to lower the antenna. Our distance is 33" between the swivel base and the stand-off. You could probably go a little shorter. We can lower lay the antenna back so our air clearance is minimal. I added the teak block so the antenna was perpendicular to the water.

Shakespeare 410 R Mounting kit for Large SSB and VHF Antennas
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