Antenna at Mizzen’s Top

 

Wyfi antenna

This morning we were up before it was even light so that we could enjoy one cup of coffee before tackling the “up the mast” chore.  Last evening we got everything set up for Bill to climb the mast at first light today to get his Wi-Fi antenna up on the mizzen mast.  We have been using his fancy antenna to access the internet thru shore-side  signals from marinas and hotels but the antenna was attached down on the boom crutch and masked from some signals by the boom.

The plan all along was to have the antenna up on the top of the mizzen, but it was much easier to install it lower down until Bill got it all working and we found a calm anchorage for mast climbing.  With everything ready last evening, Bill spent almost 2 hours this morning up on the mast drilling and tapping holes for the antenna bracket and then hoisting the antenna up and fitting it to the bracket.  He was still not quite finished as I lowered him slowly so that he could wire tie the coax to the mizzen upper stays as he descended.  A little 3M 5200 sealant where the cox enters the deck and we are now back in business on the internet.