Re: [Amel] SSB installation on Amel 54

Anne and John Hollamby <annejohnholl@...>

Hello Peter,
We are in Sicily and I have been fiddling with things to install AIS so our SSB is out of use for a few days. I will Email you again after it is all working next week. I might add that we used it a lot in the Caribbean and S. Pacific but have not used it for ten years in the Med. We did try the cruisers net but it was too boring. John

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Forbes
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 1:01 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] SSB installation on Amel 54


I have only really just twigged that you are a friend of Merlo who we saw
recently with Keith Outram en route as ever to Antigua.

I hope we meet you before too long.

My SSB is now fitted - now for the trial transmit - are you aboard and do
you have SSB can we test call - I can send my details - we will be on the
Amel 54 next week in Turkey.

Peter Forbes
Amel 54 #35 in Gocek Turkey

Best wishes
*Peter Forbes*
+44 (0) 7836 209730

On 29 May 2013 10:00, Anne and John Hollamby <annejohnholl@...> wrote:


Hello Peter, Many years ago I crewed on a yacht doing the ARC and it had
an Icom with the fibre glass antenna. When we were half way across the
Atlantic Andrew Bishop, who now runs the ARC, was stuck by the gybing boom
and knocked unconscious. We got him down below and when the net came on his
father called up for medical advice. This was to put him in his bunk and
get him checked when we got to Barbados.
A short while later we heard Cornell talking with his office in the UK
trying to get media coverage for the ARCs life saving advice! The skipper,
Andrews father, then had to call his wife in the UK over the short wave
link to tell her that there was nothing to worry about in case she read
something in the press about her sons alleged perilous medical condition.
This was all done at long range over the fibreglass antenna so I had no
concerns about the one on my boat. I would have grave doubts about the
competence of your adviser. When the installation is complete get an
amateur radio operator to contact anyone at least 1000 miles away for a
radio check to make sure you have a good installation and put your mind at
The answer to Martins query is that using the port mizzen backstay works
very well for my ham radio. Getting the insulators and having them fitted
is expensive compared with getting a new base for your existing antenna. In
the unlikely event that someone should be holding on to the backstay when
someone transmits it would cause a nasty burn.
Good luck, Anne and John, Bali Hai, SM2K 319 Malta

From: Peter Forbes
Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 3:59 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Cc: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel] SSB installation on Amel 54


I finally bough my dream Amel 54 (hull no 35) from an Italian Rudi Peroni
in Rhodes last week.

I too am installing Icom 801 SSB. I was told the 2.4m long whip antenna
was only for receiving the DSC reply to a distress call and the main
antenna for tx/rx should be a separate either triticale or back stay long
antenna. Is that not correct.

The Icom 801 is just a marinised version of Icom 802.

Thanks for your help earlier too.


Peter Forbes

07836 209730

On 28 May 2013, at 03:00, Richard03801 <>

Hi you need to mount the tuner in starboard stern so you can get to the
ground foil. Best to use the whip Antenna. Next the back stay. Using the
triact means running a very long wire = lost power and poor reception.

Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On May 24, 2013, at 9:22, lior 555 <> wrote:


I bought an ICOM M802 with tuner AT-140, Pactor modem and I would like to
install it on the boat.
Maybe someone could help me with a few questions.
I would like to use the antenna between the mizzen and main mast. Would
advice it?
Can someone tell me where I should place the tuner and where is the best
place to install the main unit?

Thanks in advance for your help


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