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I do know of someone who set up an SSB at home during a Transpac race. Completely illegal, but they figured that no one would notice for a couple of weeks if they didn't abuse it.
But what would I do if the authorities locked her up!
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You would probably be the one locked up! More than likely, though, they would seize the offending equipment, fine you into boatlessness and then cancel every FCC license you hold with extreme prejudice.

Normally, they just tell you to stop first. If you don't stop, well, what happens then is more like what I suggested above.

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Free amateur radio practice tests: eHam.net Ham Radio Practice Exams
Free amateur radio study guides: Study Guides

You only have to pass each test once and to get the general, there are two tests and if you can pass them both at the same exam session, you only pay one exam fee.

If you only learn enough to pass the test, you will know more than most pleasure boat radio operators and you get access to the ham bands where there is always someone listening. Maybe not where you are transmitting ;=) but there is someone listening.
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Free amateur radio practice tests: eHam.net Ham Radio Practice Exams
Free amateur radio study guides: Study Guides

You only have to pass each test once and to get the general, there are two tests and if you can pass them both at the same exam session, you only pay one exam fee.

If you only learn enough to pass the test, you will know more than most pleasure boat radio operators and you get access to the ham bands where there is always someone listening. Maybe not where you are transmitting ;=) but there is someone listening.
Hey thanks for the link. I was going to do a search to see what I could find, this is it. Now to convince my wife to take and pass the exams. I took my General Class exam back in 1979 when 13 words per minute morse code was required.
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No pesky Morse code requirement anymore. I could copy 20 words a minute but I could not write that fast at the same time. I had to wait for the code speed to drop so I could get my extra. Now the code is completely gone as a requirement but still useful if you know it.

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No pesky Morse code requirement anymore. I could copy 20 words a minute but I could not write that fast at the same time. I had to wait for the code speed to drop so I could get my extra. Now the code is completely gone as a requirement but still useful if you know it.

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Yea, I was up to the 20 wpm extra requirement and could have passed the exam with a little study, but that was in high school and my interest soon turned to girls and the ham thing went to the weigh side.

Where do you go to take the exam now? I am located an hour away from Honolulu.

BTW- just took the practice exam and only got a 67%- FAILED. A lot of the frequency alocations have changed since I got my license.
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Sorta funny. Although I have my ham license, I don't "use" it.

I have a couple of handhelds for my marine use. One a Yaesu FT-270, the other a Icom M72.

The Icom is easy to use for novices, the Yaesu is easy to use for me, has been hard modded and receives and transmits on any HAM frequency, marine frequency, commercial frequency, weather channels, etc. None of that is illegal BTW and all programed in for quick use.

As a plus, a HAM handheld is usually cheaper than a marine hand held. The Yaesu, I think I paid $150, the Icom $200. Both are waterproof BTW. You can easily mod them yourself or pay about $80 (or less) to have it done. The benefit, IMO, is I can tx and rx on a much wider range than holding just the ICOM. The mod was done with a solder gun and a magnifying glass cause I can't see shiet and took about five minutes.

FWIW, I had a CB license as a kid (no longer needed) and as I said have my HAM license. I'm sure that one is going the way of the CB license too (as referenced by the elimination of the Morse requirement). As a Libertarian, I'm not a big fan of Gov't regulations/requirements. Just FYI. Take if for what it's worth...
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Check Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area
There are other Volunteer examiner organizations but ARRL is the largest.

Another VE group is W5YI at: W5YI : Resources for Amateur & Commercial Radio

There are some others but those are the two major ones.
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Anyone know what the arrest and conviction rate if for an "illegal" use of a radio is?

The punishment?

I sure don't, be interested to know though.

BTW, for a Marine VHF, it's illegal to use it on "land". Wonder if you are standing in a foot of water, is that considered land? The dock?
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Wow! How things have changed since I took the General exam in 1955. I couldn't pass the online link exam by a long shot.

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