Originally Posted by plebian99
Why bother? Between a satphone. EPIRB
and standard marine coastal communications
your emergency needs are well and truly covered. If you have no interest in ham radio you wont be gaining much besides a simple welfare check by checking into a net that could be done with email or on the marine frequencies. Ham radio is well past its use by date on the average cruising vessel. The main argument for ham radio is cheap
email and nothing else. Besides there is no law against using any frequency in an emergency even the ham bands. The ham exams are so easy these days you could probably fluke the test by not reading any of the study material its that easy. Its used to be something to be proud off, these days you will encounter hams who dont even know what positive or negative is. Play around with marine HF, if you convinced you need more you could sit for the exam when you know what you want. Many sailors just assume that they need a ham license for cruising solely based on what other say on the internet
. Today the reality is different and you can safely cruise
these days without even turning on a HF marine or Ham radio.
For me its a piece of mind and my independence. I know many who do have a ham and they are one of the best crowds to know. I just in the past decade or so my priories led me elsewhere and my time and funds went along with it.
1: Sat phones for general talking it costs money
2: EPIRBS I can not make contacts
3: For HF marine use I believe a license is still in order to be acquired (I am not to sure but I like to be certified just like in my current career. Lets me know I am a professional and did that extra step to learn some more.)
4: correct for emergency use can use any means possible but I am not looking for it to be a emergency.
5: different strokes for different folks
6: What happens if there is a attack or huge meteor taking out the Sat infrastructure? your sat phone will be not so good will it? In sailing we talk about redundancy, alternative ways, backups, or even spares. Ham is that for me.
7: Its fun to make a far contact or when I had my CB going and the skip opened up its pretty neat. (electronics get me all fuzzied up)
8: If its so easy do not read anything and go have at it. Try out the tech exam. The exam also brings aware so you do not interfere with other communications across the whole RF spectrum. Especially your sat phones and EPIRBS. That would be a cruel thing ehhhh? People just keying up any radio at any frequency and there you are pressing that darn button on the EPIRB needing help. Then somewhere else uneducated interfering with your EPIRB frequency that you can not attempt for requesting assistance. Kinda a reason why to have knowledge and proper certification
on the equipment
being operated with a license that identifies you the operator. If no license identified there are ways if they want to triangulate the rogue signal and eliminate it so the frequency is open again for what the band plan allows.
9: More then safety
again just to make contacts and others I do know who do HF on land. Personally I remember in scouts way younger and seeing his whole setup I was in aww. At the same time not so in aww knowing I would not have the funds to even entertain the idea being so lost
In no way angered towards your response it just seems as being so against the hobby and what the Hams really do for the world. A backbone for emergency communication when all else fails. It is self sufficient and does not rely on a satellite
or cell phone
towers where you need to pay for airtime.
As said different strokes for different folks. Maybe I'm just to independent sometimes.
Ive never played around on the marine HF yet nor I do not even have myself a ham rig. I do have a few 11 meter rigs but no license needed on that. I just enjoy it.
Whos arguing to? : scraches head
: This horse will just not drink from your pond that's all. I'm not saying you have to have be a ham. You seem to imply I should not peruse something I entertain. one of that is electronics
and radio communication.