Originally Posted by brokesailor
How is that possible, using your phone for radio communications?
"Phone" usually refers to voice communication as opposed to "Code", which refers to using Morse Code for communication. There are several other digital communication methods too.
There is also a way to utilize a UHF or VHF repeater to support phone patching, assuming the owner of the repeater set it up to do so. This predates cell phones and allowed a UHF/VHF user to patch into the phone system to make a phone call over their radio.
I strongly recommend that if you are going to operate on the Amateur frequencies, you get a license. Visit American Radio Relay League | ARRL - The national association for AMATEUR RADIO
for more information.
I have my general class and actually taught myself morse code to pass the test (which is no longer required by the way). Knowing morse code is certainly a skill that is not a bad thing for sailors to have.
-Paul D (Amateur Call Sign KB1MAU - general class license)