KISS-SSB Ground Plane for HF Radio


Quality SSB performance without the need for holes under the waterline, unnecessary wiring, or laborious maintenance.

Works perfectly with Sailmail and Winlink along with your Pactor Modem.  Pair the KISS-SSB with a GAM Split-Lead Antenna for easy installation of the SSB radio system on your sailboat with no copper mesh to install and no rigging to modify.

The three most complemented features are:

  • Stronger Signal both sending and receiving
  • Faster speed with Sailmail and Winlink
  • Less RF Interference onboard

Works great on Land and with Amateur Radio too!

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GAM/McKim HF-SSB Split Lead Antenna for Sailboats

The GAM/McKim split lead single side band antenna is a favorite amongst sail boaters because it eliminates the need for backstay insulators forever. The split lead antenna simply press fits onto your existing backstay wire with no special tools or equipment required. The GAM/McKim is secured at the base by a hard grade plastic T clamp and requires a back stay length of at least 34 feet.

  • Easy Install
  • No cutting of backstay needed
  • Easily removed if needed
  • For any SSB/HF radio
  • Perfect for Sailboats

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A proper ground plane is key to getting the most out of your SSB Radio. The KISS marine SSB ground plane will maximize the performance of your SSB without underwater holes in the hull or unnecessary wiring.

The KISS-SSB is a US Patented marine SSB ground plane system. This Icom-endorsed principle is the one and only complete antenna counterpoise system.  It does not require any holes under the water-line in the hull for a bronze plate, copper foil, or copper mesh. The system has many feet of exact length wire radials built in.

Unlike other ground plane systems, the KISS is simple to install.  Simply attach one end to your SSB radio, and uncoil the remaining wire anywhere convenient, such as in the bilge.  That’s all there is to it – your KISS is ready to go.  Eliminates possible ground loops also!

After a normal installation time of less than thirty minutes, the KISS-SSB is completely maintenance free.  Unlike the bronze plate that requires constant cleaning, and the copper foil that is subject to constant corroding, the KISS-SSB lets you simply enjoy paradise!

Radial Counterpoise Grounding System for Marine or Land use.
This heavy duty performer is designed primarily for boats using HF SSB marine bands. Input power up to 500 watts. Copper conductors are permanently sealed in durable PVC tubing.
All copper conductors. Stainless Steel 5/16 Ring Terminal. Heavy duty 47 inch 10 AWG Marine tinned copper lead connection. Tested with 1.2 to 1 or better SWR on SSB HF frequencies. Tested with 1.2 to 1 or better on 2mhz through 29mhz Ham freq.
Tested with 1.2 to 1 or better on Winlink and Sailmail frequencies.
Technical Specifications:
Frequency: 2-30 MHz HF frequencies with tuner
Radial housing length: 9’ 10”SWR: 1.5 to 1 or better
Impedance: (Ohms): N/A
Connecting lead length 47 inches
Max Input (Watts): 500DC
Ground: N/A 
Termination: One end termination 5/16 ring terminal
Weight 3.5 pounds
Polarization: N/A
Radiation pattern: Omni-directional
Works great with Icom M803 HF/SSB Marine Radio, AT140 Tuner, and GAM’s Split-Lead Antenna
at140 tuner with kiss counterpoise and gam split lead antenna for hf radio

Additional information

Weight 2.8 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 10 × 3 in