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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Ham radio operator

    Quote Originally Posted by maby View Post
    Interesting question - the FCC issues US amateur radio licences, as does Ofcom for UK licences. Clearly, they can't issue fines or other legal action in response to you misbehaving outside US (or UK) territory, but they possibly could revoke your licence. If they did so, then you would be operating your radios illegally in any other country where you were relying on a reciprocal licence agreement and could, in theory, be penalised by the licencing authority of that country - couldn't you?
    I probably should have said "US, US vessels and their waters though"

  2. #52
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    Default Re: Ham radio operator

    The questions I would ask are: Where are you going? and What do you plan to use the radio for?

    A few random thoughts-

    My experience is a bit out of date now but I found, in the early years of the century, that Marine SSB was of little use in European waters but across the pond it was indispensable. There was an active network operating in the Eastern Caribbean which kept us in touch with what was going on. On the crossings it was the only way to keep in touch with other voyagers. Herb is long gone now but his broadcasts were a godsend.

    At that time, weather fax via SSB was the best source of mid-ocean met info.

    Ham is OK if you want to limit yourself to other hams.

    FWIW hams will only talk to other hams, marine users will talk to anyone.

    I'm told that removing the band restrictions on an SSB set is a 5 minute job with wire cutters - if you know which wires to cut. It saves carrying 2 sets.

    Satphones are great if you know the number you need but useless for general calling.
    One hull good, two hulls better.

  3. #53
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    Default Re: Ham radio operator

    Quote Originally Posted by snowleopard View Post

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    I'm told that removing the band restrictions on an SSB set is a 5 minute job with wire cutters - if you know which wires to cut. It saves carrying 2 sets.
    ...
    It is generally a soldering iron, removing two or three very small surface mount components - you need good eyesight and a very steady hand - but not difficult provided you have that. Finding out which to remove is easy - you do a web search for the "MARS mod" for the model of radio in question.

  4. #54
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    Default Re: Ham radio operator

    The reason for a marine licence is they are the lifeblood of cruising. There ocean nets, marina nets and anchorage nets. Plus you can set a time and frequency to chat with other cryuisers.

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