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Old 11-12-2012
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Re: SSB vs sat phone for weather reports

"You do; however, need to be a HAM to use the HAM Bands."
In the face of rampant confusion, let's clarify that.

You don't need any license to LISTEN to the traffic on the ham bands.
You need a ham license to TRANSMIT on the ham bands.

If you have a dedicated ham radio, rather than a dual-service marine radio, it is considered good form to disconnect and stow the microphone, so that accidental transmissions can't be made, and you are less likely to be suspected of wrongful use of the radio.
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