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There are 2 types of licences when using an SSB radio. First you need to have an operator license (tech, general, extra) you need at least general to use the SSB frequencies. If you are going to another country as Minnewaska said you may need a station license (FCC will assign a station call sign, different from your own call sign) IIRC the station license also cover any other RF gadgets like your EPIRB, Radar & VHF.
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Since the OP combined Ham and SSB, I think there is confusion. SSB operates on marine frequencies and Ham is slang for amateur frequencies. They are separate and distinct. There is no test required to get a restricted radio operator license for the SSB frequencies, which are all that a standard marine SSB radio accesses.
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p.s. license is good for a lifetime too, you are only required to keep your address current.

I'm not 100% certain, but I think a station license (for the boat itself) is required in the US for SSB, just not VHF.
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Thanks for the info. I will bone up using Ham Test Online then apply for the License using the Offshore Store.
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I hold a GMDSS License... But will have to acquire the ham license in order to operate on amature freqs. Regulations can be a PITA.
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If you are going to another country as Minnewaska said you may need a station license (FCC will assign a station call sign, different from your own call sign)
If you have a marine HF transceiver installed on a vessel, you are required to have a marine station license, regardless of any intention to visit or communicate with another country.

SSB does not refer to any particular range of frequencies. It is simply a mode of operation, and stands for Single SideBand. When you operate using voice on either the marine bands or ham bands, you are operating SSB. You can operate USB (Upper SideBand) or LSB (Lower SideBand). Marine HF frequencies are USB only. On the ham bands, we operate USB on 20 meters and above and LSB on 40 meters and below. The "channelized" 60 meter freq's are USB only.

Also, it is legal to operate a marine HF transceiver on the ham bands if you have the ham license but illegal to operate a ham HF transceiver on marine bands.

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On a related subject, I can not tell if the SSB on my boat is working. The boat was transported by land to maryland. I reconnected the tuner cable to the antenna, the connection to the tuner seems intact, I turn on the SSB and go thru a bunch of different frequencies (at the Marina) but all I hear is static. Is there a frequency I can diial in on the East Coast that i can use to see if I hear anything?
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Try the WWV time stations on 5, 10, 15 and 20 megahertz. Also CHU Canada time stations on 3330, 7850, and 14670 kilohertz. The Maritime Mobile Service Net is very active during the day on the ham freq of 14.300 megahertz. You can also listen to the standard AM broadcast stations.

RF wise, marina's tend to be very noisy with all the battery chargers, inverters, refers and various other electrical devices running.

Which transceiver and tuner do you have?

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Ok I'll try those. It's an ICOM can't remember model and I am too dumb to figure out how to put a picture on here.

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Looks like either an M710 or M700pro. Both excellent marine rigs. Tuner is probably an AT-130 or AT-140?

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