Originally Posted by Gallivanters
Has anybody ever experienced (or heard of) an insulated backstay terminal failure?
Just curious if they're reliable over the long haul.
Hi Kirk ,
Many times reported over maritime nets for a variety of reasons :-
some at the swage - others at staylock - others at norseman - a few in the ceramic.
They are reliable over the long term , the failures may have more to do with quality of the installation rather than that of the material - As an antenna not the ideal ; its length often
means that it may be difficult to get it to resonate over certain frequencies ; its angle relative
to the sea means that propagation patterns may not be good.
Connecting the backstay to the tuner
requires no more than a heavy
gauge tinned copper wire - say 4 <> 5 mm incapsulated in UV resistant heavy rubber, (don't use RG 58 coax) This should be taken to the backstay above the insulater then introduced upside down (so that water does not ingress) then clamped with a S/S hose clamp to the stay - then if you have, tape the clamp completely with 3M splicing tape.