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Re: HAM v. SSB Frequencies (check radio is unlocked for HAM)?
As a grammatical and technical nitpicker from way back, I'd agree, though in this day and age it's unlikely to see anyone using CW in the marine bands (or the original poster in the Ham bands), and while the MF/HF radio can certainly receive, and possibly transmit, AM it's raison d'etre aboard ship is for MF/HF SSB communications. And all marine VHF radios are FM.
Given that combined SSB/FM radios are scarce and not under consideration here, I'd say that calling MF/HF radios "SSB" and VHF-marine radios "FM" at least isn't going to create any conflicts. I'm all for exact terminology (and have even lectured folks on the distinction between a "DE-9" vs "DB-25" (there's no such thing as a "DB-9")), in this case the mislabeling is at least consistent and not going to generate confusion.
I still warn my radio classes that as a ham I'm as likely to say "HF" when I mean "MF/HF", with apologies in advance for mislabeling the 2 to 3 MHz range.
But I do agree there's no "SSB Band" - the spectrum really doesn't care what we do with it, only the rules do. But even so, there are Bands (plural) on which only SSB is used (ok, with a bit of FSK thrown in), and others which are soley FM (lets not into the nuances of PM vs FM), so even the the expression is irritating, at least it's unambiguous.
1998 Jeanneau SO45.2