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 This simple grounding array is specifically designed for transmitting on all the common SSB channels and HF frequencies along with the ham bands 2mhz through 28mhz when used with a tuner. 

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

 Not only is this easy to install, it just makes sense:  

   1 - No need to drill holes in the hull under the water line for a "grounding plate"  

   2 - No need to run the blood letting copper foil everywhere.  

   3 - No need to bond all the thru-hulls.  

   4 - No maintenance keeping the underwater grounding plate (Dynaplate) clean.  

   5 - No drag when sailing.  

   6 - Can even be used when your boat is on the hard and not in the water.  

   7 - No need to constantly check all the copper foil connections or corrosion breaks.

KISS SSB company owner, Carl Nichols, has been a licensed ham radio operator for 40 years, and has installed many SSB systems on boats. With over 30,000 miles of ocean passages on his own sailboat he has perfected the KISS-SSB ground plane not only on his own boat but hundreds of others. This Patent Pending SSB grounding system "KISS-SSB" is by far the easiest to install, and works just as good or better as the copper foil/bonding system. It comprises of a four foot lead that attaches to the "grounding lug" on your tuner and then you just stretch out the remaining 10 feet of 1" diameter tubing that encloses the copper array of specific lengths of radiating copper wires and coils, nearly 600 feet in total with some up to 68 feet long, all enclosed in an easy to install package. It is just that simple, run it along the hull, behind a cushion, in the cabinets, in the lazerett, etc. The perfectly measured lengths of copper and marine sealed coils act as an exact mirror image of your radiating backstay, whip, or GAM antenna, this is what bounces your radiated signal wave off your antenna.  The manufacturer have tested it up to 500 watts without any problems. The KISS-SSB is perfect for all fiberglass or wooden boats, both sailing vessels and motor vessels.

 Check out the June, 2012 issue of Blue Water Sailing. There you will find a three page article on Marine SSB Use and the KISS-SSB received the best review of any other grounding system.   

A paragraph taken directly from the article:
I have seen exactly one product for the marine market that does the same thing ham operators have been doing for nearly a century and I haven't a clue why it's not on every single SSB equiped boat. The KISS-SSB is a collection of radials designed specifically for marine frequencies. It's dead simple to install-looks like a short garden hose that you connect to your antenna tuner and then unwind anywhere you like. That's all there is to it. Reports are extremely favorable.

The new editions of Captain Marti Brown's SSB for Idy-Yachts and Commander Terry Sparks IC-M802 Made Simple For Cruisers dedicate a few pages to the KISS-SSB ground plane system.  Both of these books are very helpful if your installing or using a marine SSB. These books are available at Amazon.


 As seen in the magazines: Cruising World, Cruisers Outpost, Sail, Lattitude 38, 48 Degrees North, Blue Water Sailing and Practical Sailor 

The KISS-SSB principal is "Icom Endorsed". It is a self-contained counterpoise radial ground system that is  the perfect answer for trouble free Marine SSB communications. The system of using pre-measured counterpoise ground radials is suggested in every Icom, SGC Smart Tuner, and Furuno Auto-Tuner Manuals. Right now the most commonly used tuner is the Icom-AT-140 and if you look at page two you'll see the principals used in the KISS-SSB Ground Plane System. 

Counterpoise (An excerpt from the Icom AT-140 manual) Here is what they say: 

If your ship is made of FRP(fiberglass or wood) , etc. and a good ships ground is not easily available, connect a counterpoise.14λ (quarter wavelength) radial for each band. Install the counterpoise directly below the AT-140’s ground terminal. Insulate the ends of each radial from other metal objects. Layout the radial horizontally and as straight as possible.









Testimonials to the manufacturer  

I felt compelled to write you back and let you know that my wife and I couldn't be happier with your KISS grounding system. We removed all the corroded copper foil, it makes everything under the sole boards look so much better now without all that clutter. It only took about twenty minutes to install your Kiss-ssb system, and it presents itself very well. We have an Icom 802 onboard and it has a built in SWR meter, after testing on most SSB channels we found that not only did your system work as well as you advertised, but it worked even better. All frequencies were 1.2 to 1 or better. I was talking to a friend later that afternoon on 6A and before I even told him of my new ground plane system he stated that my signal was really good and that the audio was better than what he was used to hearing from my rig. I went on to tell him about your system and he said that he is going to contact you for one himself. Thanks for delivering a product that lives up to it's advertised words and is reasonably priced. We will help you pass the word and wish the best for you getting your wonderful product in the mainstream. In this day and age it is very refreshing to be so pleased. Mike Blount, Pensacola, FL

Wholly Cow, what a difference, my radio is thanking you!! My poor old radio that I was about to replace, most certainly is grateful, almost as much as my wallet! After years of using an older SEA SSB transceiver, that always ran hot and the signal was always one of the worst out there, other boaters are asking if I have a new radio. It was a pleasant experience to rip all of that old copper foil out, and as soon as we do a haul-out remove the Dynaplate. Installing your KISS system was a very simple few minutes and I must admit, the name says it all. My radio runs cooler and people are saying that I have a very strong signal, what more could I ask for. Keep up the good work, and thanks for keeping the price down. Robert K. San Diego


Radial Counterpoise Grounding System for  Marine or Land use.

This heavy duty performer is designed primarily for fiberglass or wood boats using HF SSB marine bands. Input power up to 500 watts. Copper conductors are permanently sealed in durable vinyl tubing.

  • All copper conductors.
  • Stainless Steel 5/16 connecting lug.
  • Heavy duty 47 inch  Marine Grade 10AWG copper lead connection.
  • Tested with 1.2 to 1 or better SWR on SSB HF frequencies. Plus HF Ham bands
Shipping Weight:  3.01

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Price: $249.00

Product Code: KIS628
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