Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Marine SSB, HAM, and the law
Got my ham license last year mainly to use the Winlink system. I found an ICOM 700pro on eBay for a decent price but the radio itself is only part of the install. Tuner, antenna, counterpoise, and wiring add a lot to the cost, not to mention a Pactor modem and computer needed to run radio software. Dockside Radio is a great source for equipment and good advice. Except for the radio, I got everything else from Dockside, including good advice on installation and use. I'd stick to marine products just because they are built for a marine environment. As far as specs on different radios and programming, maybe check the manufacturer's website for installed channels and whether it needs reprogramming by a shop or if you can DIY. As mentioned above, that may actually be illegal and if you check the FCC enforcement website data, it's apparent that they DO give out warnings and fines for misuse.
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Last edited by smurphny; 06-22-2015 at 11:59 AM.