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post #29 of Old 01-11-2012
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Question about Marine SSB. Do any of you actually use it?

Seems most commercial vessels do not use Marine SSB and would use sat phones instead. You cannot leagally talk to a land based station (other than for placement of phone calls or Coast Guard) using a Marine SSB. I also look at the emergency frequencies and most of these would seem not very dependable in an emergency- like 2182 Khz- the range of that frequency in the day is maybe a couple hundred miles and at night maybe a thousand. The other emergency freqs are not much better- as a ham operator, one of the things you realize is how undependable the SSB (HF bands) are. With an PLB or EPIRB and Sat phones now available, seems marine SSB would be on the way out. The ham portion of the SSB (HF) bands can and are very good for the cruising sailor- you probably would have better luck with a may day or pan pan on the ham bands as more people are listening to those freq (and located all over the world).
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