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02-25-2012 04:48 AM
Patient There is a fantastic HAM on youtube that goes over all the tests with explanations. It was a fantastic resource when I was studying. He is also just a really nice guy and after reaching out with questions answered all of them with some tips for the tests.

Here is his site which links to all of his videos and Ham courses.
http://www.hamwhisperer.com/
02-24-2012 09:47 PM
Chiquita Very cool ! I'm the next dock over from Winkie Doodle. You probably saw the burgundy Endeavour then. Well, I'll keep an ear out for you on 14.300.

73 sir.
02-24-2012 03:51 PM
SVAuspicious
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Originally Posted by Chiquita View Post
Dave, where are you based out of ? We are in the Colonial Beach area. We sail a 35.5 endeavour named Chiquita. Call is N4MDX
Hi Don,

I'm in Annapolis but frequently all over the Bay. I deliver boats all up and down the East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.

I'm often on WRCC 7268 kHz LSB 0745 ET and sometimes check into 14300 in the early afternoon.

I spent a great summer sailing out of Winkie Doodle. I really like Colonial Beach.

73 es sail fast, dave KO4MI
02-24-2012 03:36 PM
Chiquita Dave, where are you based out of ? We are in the Colonial Beach area. We sail a 35.5 endeavour named Chiquita. Call is N4MDX
02-24-2012 12:50 PM
SVAuspicious
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Great info about sets and rigs. I have my technician and working on my general to get access to the HF bands. The question I have is do I still need a Ships Station License and Restricted Radio Operators Permit? I could see having to have the SSL but if I already have the FCC part 97 license why would I need a RROP?
Licenses are for particular services.

There are HF allocations for marine and ham radio (and aviation and other commercial services and military and civil government and on and on).

Your ham radio license is BOTH a station license and an operators license. Look at your license and it will say what your operator privileges are (currently technician) and your station privileges (primary). Once you get your general class license AND assuming you only want to use ham HF frequencies afloat you are done.

However, if you want to use frequencies allocated to the marine service you need to be licensed accordingly. The marine service uses separate station and operator's licenses. You need both. The station license is for the boat and conveys your call sign and MMSI. Check the boxes for everything (SSB, radar, everything) whether you have them or not; there is no obligation to have them but if you don't have the endorsement on your license you have to get a change. The station license is good for 10 years. The restricted radio operators permit is for you, and is valid for life. The license, designated RP, gives you the privilege of USING the equipment the station license permits.
02-24-2012 09:32 AM
medicrene If you want long range communications, get a ham license. If you get on the air without a proper call sign, many hams (including some of the sailing nets) will not talk to you. If you just steal a call sign,, many will know it becuase they look up the call sign on the internet.

The Witchdoctor
02-24-2012 08:47 AM
Chiquita When the 10 meter band can get you out far. Last few contacts I made on 10 meters was to Germany, Belgium, Texas, Florida, Oregon and I reside close to DC just to give you an idea of its capabilities. Down side of 10 meters it is not always "open" consistently like the other lower bands. Just a thought.
02-24-2012 08:44 AM
Chiquita So true ! Pat getting your general license is the easiest way. They do have many frequencies on HF for HAM operators that allow ship to ship and ship to land conversations. Some are designed to keep track and assist you underway, some are just for hanging out and chatting.
You are a technician, you have access to the 10 meter band using voice from 28.300 to 28.500 Mhz. Just a thought if were considering buying a HF radio, or you have one already.
14.300 Mhz is the most common daytime frequency. You can go to 14300.net and listen to live audio streams to hear what goes on.
02-24-2012 01:00 AM
windward54
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Originally Posted by PatA View Post
Great info about sets and rigs. I have my technician and working on my general to get access to the HF bands. The question I have is do I still need a Ships Station License and Restricted Radio Operators Permit? I could see having to have the SSL but if I already have the FCC part 97 license why would I need a RROP?
If all you are going to do is transmit on the HF bands, then you don't need the RROP or ship license. However, you won't be able to transmit on the Marine SSB bands.
02-24-2012 12:44 AM
PatA Great info about sets and rigs. I have my technician and working on my general to get access to the HF bands. The question I have is do I still need a Ships Station License and Restricted Radio Operators Permit? I could see having to have the SSL but if I already have the FCC part 97 license why would I need a RROP?
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