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Old 04-01-2010, 10:39   #1
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Looking for a SSB or HAM Radio in Nassau!

We will be in Nassau next week as part of our 6 month sailing trip and will be looking to install a SSB or possibly HAM radio on our boat. We are basically only looking for a long distance radio that provides weather reports. We are wondering what the cheapest system that is adequate for our purposes is, and how we will be able to find one in the Nassau region. We could travel realistically farther, perhaps as far as DR.

Any help would be appreciated. We'd like to get a radio aboard as soon as possible so we can head south!
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You can get weather reports, including weather-fax (if you have a PC and the software to work with it) with one of these $90 radios...
Kaito KA1103 Shortwave Radio Degen DE1103

Or one of these Sony radios, which cost about $160-$180...
Sony ICF-SW7600GR Shortwave Radio, Sony icfsw7600gr

Don't know if they are available in Nassau, but I would be surprised if something equivalent is not. An SSB transceiver is not necessary to receive weather reports, but it is not a bad idea to have one for other reasons. If you're looking for the cheapest way to get weather information at sea, though, a simple receiver is all you need.

You can get software that will decode weather fax from a number of places. Here are a couple of examples...
Download SeaTTY RTTY/NAVTEX/HF-FAX weather reports receiver | Software Post
WXSat
Mscan Meteo - Receive FAX + NAVTEX + RTTY + GRIB in a single program!

And for Mac users...
MultiMode - CW RTTY SSTV FAX MORSE PSK31 ACARS SITOR AMTOR ALE DTMF FFT ASCII Decoding Software for the Macintosh

Good luck!
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Hi,

Try www.ebay.com

Search for Icom HF, Icom SSB, Yaesu HF, Kenwood HF, etc.
Read the specs well, make sure it works, operates off 12 volts, also make sure it has a general coverage receiver (say 3Mhz -30 Mhz).

Bid well and arrange for a FEDEX or UPS shipment.

I will sail confidently to the ends of the earth with most of these radios offered.
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