n4um question to:
I live in Tampa and am researching doing the same you have done, using a vertical on a salt water canal.
I have plenty of AL put up a 20M or 40M vertical. Im experimenting with the design and setup. Do you run the coax down to the seawall and have the matching system located there? How do you weather protect the coax from the salt and water? I would like to use PL-259 or N connector, I saw the current choke-DX engineering is selling with a connector on it which has a PL-259 connector on it. I don’t like the idea of leaving coax exposed, especially when people strip back the coax to expose the center conductor and the braid to connect to the antenna and ground system.
I read that you have copper in the water. You mentioned it didn’t enhance the quality that much. Nice to know! How did you connect the copper flashing in the water as a radial system?
Are the antenna true ¼ wave or loaded in some way?
Do you have any photos of the antennas?
I have a website with little radio info but a webcam with a photo of the canal… www.baycrestfl.com
Did you ever get the verticals installed along the canal? Can you provide your experiences with the install or how its going?
Anyone out there that can provide information on this topic is much helpful!
noid@baycrestfl dot com