Okay, I'm hoping someone can answer this for me. Has anyone seen the new CB radios with SSB mode? First, I completely understand the CB is useless on a boat....unless you want to talk to truckers from the dock, because it operates on AM and is Citizens Band. But, this one has SSB mode. The unit I am looking at is the Uniden Bearcat 980 SSB CB radio with SSB.
My use for SSB does not include fax or email or anything fancy. Just being able to hail vessels outside of the range of my VHF, or listening to weather forcasts offshore. Perhaps this is only a SSB reciever and not transmitter. I honestly don't know enough about radios in general to answer the question for myself. I do know that I won't be sailing far offshore often enough for long enough to require me to spend the 2500 on an ICOM unit with bells, whistles, and installation. I also probably don't require the full 26 mghz (or whatever), flux copacitor required for time travel, pactor modems, and any other stuff. Like I said, just better comm range, and weather offshore.
Any help or explanation would be helpful. Or even better, maybe they are making VHF marine radios with the SSB option and I don't realize it. Thanks everyone, I read from this website almost everyday, but this is my first time posting. Cheers!