My intention that evening was to just
test it with the MFJ analyzer and a manual tuner to see if I could even
tune it. As you can see, my only ground is a 10" tent stake. I found a
good match on 17 meters, so I ran inside and grabbed the FT-817 radio
and fired it up. Not only did it hear very well, but I was able to work
coast-to-coast from Georgia to California with five watts!
The idea for using saltwater as a radiating antenna is credited to David Hatch, N9ZRT
, and I first heard about it from his antenna-related Yahoo group called Live-Wire