Is there any advantage using the KISS ground system over the bronze plate to hook to my I-com ham/ssb radio? In laymans terms what is the best route to take? I don't want to put any more holes in the hull but I want the best reception I can get when offshore. I do know the bronze plate is not cheap, but I don't want the cost to deter from the best operational system for the radio.
I decided to use a dynaplate plus radials and have had excellent success. Look at the ICOM web site for help.
Prior to leaving Seattle for the Mexico in 2012 I installed an ICOM M802, an AT-140 antenna tuner, large dynaplate, copper foil strapping to various thru-hull fittings, and a backstay antenna on my Island Packet 38. With this system I could transmit and receive voice communications on all frequencies only minimally, but I could send and receive digital communications on Sailmail. My major error when installing my system was to have not read "The Sailor's Quick-Start Guide": SSB Installation & Operation. This guide is sold by www.docksideradio.com and should be thoroughly read before starting the SSB installation.
After many frustrating months of trying to communicate on the marine nets, I ordered and installed a KISS counterpoise and got immediate long distance propagation. From Puerto Vallarta I have talked with Connecticut, Florida, Texas, Washington State, and Western Canada on the 14.300 MHz Marine Net. I also have good communications on the 4, 6 & 8 MHz frequencies.
The dynaplate required four 1/2" holes to be drilled through the hull and the running of copper foil through various spaces, which was unsightly and difficult, and could eventually corrode in the marine enviroment. The KISS system required attaching one wire to the AT-140 tuner and laying the 10 foot long 1-inch diameter hose, full of multiple flexible wires, in an aft void area of my boat. The KISS counterpoise was so simple to install, is very effective, and is less expensive than a dynaplate system.
Hi i found that the dynaplate worked very well as long as you have a good earth between radio antenna tuning unit and plate, flat braided copper works best, i also found that if for instance you spend a lot of time on 14303 a 20mtr whip antenna from walters and stanton mounted at the masthead was about as good as it gets