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Question About SSB Radios
I'm departing for an extended cruise into the Caribbean in a few weeks. While getting the boat ready I realized our old (1980's) Kenwood SSB transciever wasn't working. I considered sending it in for an overhaul but then ran across some of these handheld radios for a buck or two:
Yaesu FT-250R 2 Meter VHF Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver w/ Desktop Quick Charger
Handheld VHF 2 Meter Amateur Radio Tranceiver 5watt, TYT TH-F5 Ham Radio
Yaesu VX-3R VHF/UHF DualBand Handheld Amateur HAM Radio Tranceiver
Handheld Deluxe VHF/UHF Dualband Amateur Radio 2M/440 with Twin Display TYT TH-UVF1
(Sorry I don't have enough posts here to put up a link. I found all these on Amazon)
With shipping costs and time involved in reparing an old radio, I'd rather just get something along the lines of these handhelds. I'm only looking to get weather reports while out of vhf range and have transmitting capabilities incase of an emergency and for cruiser's nets, etc..
My questions: Are these handhelds the same as a SSB or can they monitor the same channels? Will units such as these recieve weather reports throughout the caribbean? Do I even need a SSB? Any real world advice would be greatly appreciated.