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post #13 of Old 01-14-2012
VetMike
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I recently got my General license. Technician gives you access to the 2M (144 to 148 MHz) and 70 cm (444 MHz) bands. These are UHF and VHF bands and use upper sideband. The General gives you access to all the amateur bands. The longer wavelengths give you longer distance contacts. As several people have noted, the tests don't help you actually use the ham bands. I purchased the ARRL Operating Manual which was a great help. But I think you still need the Restricted license to operate a marine radio. I need to check that. Also, installation of the required equipment for the lower bands (160 thru 20 meters) on a boat is difficult for a lot of technical reasons. Having said all that, I still think it is worth getting your license.
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