As some of you might have read in another one of my posts, I'm currently on the lookout to get my first SSB
rig on the boat. At the moment I have the option of buying
M710, a dedicated marine SSB
unit, but I have some concerns I was hoping you might be able to help me with.
First of all there's the issue of the HAM bands. Is it possible to access all HAM bands with this transceiver? Or at least to open them up? I know the well known "MARS mod" won't work on this one, but it needs some sort of reprogramming, but I'm unsure wether this is DIY or has to be done by an expert.
Then I'm a bit worried about the ease of use on the HAM bands. It's said that VFO is not possible with this transceiver, making it very hard to efficiently use the HAM bands unless you've actually made an appointment with another HAM to meet on a certain frequency. Again, I've read somewhere that reprogramming can be done to make this possible, but very little extra information was given.
Thirdly I'm a tad worried about the GMDSS capabilities of this machine. Does this properly work? Do the old frequencies this machine is programmed to use still work? The manual also states a DSC
module can be installed, but it doesn't state this being a hard/software module and wether it's necessary.
Does anybody have any experience with this machine in general or any of the above issues? My goal is to use the machine for emergencies, for email
, for weathercharts and to talk to other sailors and hams on cruising nets.