Perhaps you might get lucky on eBay and be able to purchase
one from a boat or sailor who has swallowed the anchor
, or from someone re-equipping the boat with sat phones.
A lot of people look at SSBs the way they looked at sextants in the early '90s: a technology ready for replacement.
Naturally, I just bought a 802 and own three sextants. The utility of broadcast, sailmail and cruisers' nets, not to mention weatherfax and news reports, etc. will mean near daily use.
The need to teach my son the sort of math they seem to think negatively affects self-esteem in schools means that the sextants will see use as well.
And yes, I love GPS
. I don't love single
points of potential failure. I carry a sounder, and a lead line. Why not?