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

You do not need a HAM License to operate the majority of Bands on a SSB Radio. You do; however, need to be a HAM to use the HAM Bands.
Use of HAM Bands provides Free Email & Weather Fax.
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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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Re: SSB vs sat phone for weather reports

Originally Posted by SeaQuinn View Post
I would also like to get more info on the SSB. can someone explain what is required to use it and how to obtain those items?
That's a big subject to tackle here but I swear by the SSB. Dockside Radio: Icom SSB Radio Kits & Components is a good place to start. I bought a lot of stuff from them. They are also very helpful if you're going to install it yourself.

Weatherfax is free, license or not. You can get weatherfax with just a receiver. I don't have a HAM license and have never needed it. You can get email with a Pactor modem and Sailmail.
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