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The Antenna Disconnect not only cuts the center conductor of the coax line, but also the outer shield. The antenna side of the relay is permanently connected to an over voltage protection, which cuts voltage surges all thetime, even when operating. The relay is activated from a switched auxiliary power output of theradio. As soon as the transceiver is switched on, the antenna becomes conencted to the radio. Or, if no such aux ouitput is available, the relay is using the same power supply as the radio. As soon as the commnon power supply is turned off, the entire station is powered down and tne antenna is disconnected.

The results of our test on carbon content are pretty much what you’d expect to find – the more the better. Higher carbon content masts generally gave a lighter feel in the hands (most noticeable through manoeuvres) and gave the sail a better wind range – crisper, more responsive performance at the bottom end and easier, more stable handling at the top end. So, is it worth paying the massive price difference for the higher content masts? Being completely honest, the difference in performance is noticeable but not massive. The sail wind range increased by maybe 3-4 knots between the highest and lowest carbon contents, and there was definitely a noticeable difference in weight (particularly lower down in the sail, around the front of the boom). For sure, we all preferred the 100% carbon masts, and there’s no doubting that the sails performed better with them. But at twice the price the higher carbon content masts were definitely not twice as good. Whether it’s worth paying for the lighter feel and crisper performance is up to you…

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