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SSB Counterpoise Grounding Plane

As seen in the magazines: Cruising World, Lats and Atts, Sail, Latitude 38, 48 Degrees North

Are you confused with SSB grounding on your fiberglass or wooden boat? Grounding is often the toughest part of an SBB installation.

The KISS SSB is a self-contained counterpoise radial ground system that is the perfect answer for trouble free marine SSB communications. This isn't radical new technology, but rather an old idea called COUNTERPOISE that's ideal for marine applications. It's much easier to install and works as well or better than the common copper foil/bonding system.

Better performance through counterpoise technology

The system of using exact pre-measured counterpoise ground radials is suggested in every Icom, SGC Smart Tuner, and Furuno Auto-Tuner manuals. These days, the most commonly used tuner is the Icom-AT-140 and if you look on page two of that manual you'll see the principals used in the KISS-SSB Ground Plane System.

It's comprised of a four foot lead that attaches to the grounding lug on your tuner. Just stretch out the remaining 10 feet of 1" diameter tubing. It's that simple. Run it along the hull, behind a cushion, under the cabinets, in a lazarette, etc. If you can't run it straight let it follow the contours of the boat -- even a sweeping u-turn is OK.

That ten feet of cable encloses exacting lengths of radiating copper wires and coils (nearly 600 feet). The perfectly measured lengths of sealed coils act as a mirror image of your radiating backstay, whip, or GAM antenna. The system has been thoroughly tested over ten years with many satisfied users!

Compatible all the common SSB channels and HF frequencies plus the ham frequencies of 2mhz through 29mhz, Sailmail, Winlink, and even NOAA weather, when used with a tuner.

All of these frequencies have been tested to less than a 1.2 to 1 Standing Wave Reflection (SWR) with no power loss!

  • Using the lifelines, engine, tanks, and other metal is the most common cause of RF interference and static
  • No need to drill holes in the hull under the waterline for a grounding plate
  • No need to bond all the thru-hulls
  • No maintenance keeping the underwater bronze grounding plate clean
  • No drag when sailing
  • Can even be used when your boat is on the hard
  • No need to run the copper foil everywhere
  • No need to constantly check all the copper foil connections for corrosion breaks
  • Helps save your expensive radio gear in the case of a lightning strike, as there is no direct connection to water




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Product Item # Qty Price
KISS-SSB counterpoise   983620 $139.95 US

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