SSB ground

  • April 27, 2012 10:36 AM
    Message # 903921
    Deleted user
    We have a Westsail 42 in which I am upgrading the SSB radio.The radio I am putting in the locker, next to the chart table, can anyone please help with the how, what and where the ground (counterpoise) should go.
    thank you
  • April 30, 2012 6:26 PM
    Reply # 907194 on 903921
    Deleted user
    Gordon West the marine SSB/ham guru is emphatic about not needing to do anything about the counterpoise other than a good ground like a sea cock.  He said he now believes that running all that copper is a waste of money and time.The ocean is the best counterpoise there is.  We removed our copper except for one that goes to the sacrificial zinc and the tuner and it works just fine.