Originally Posted by SV Demeter
So Bill are you telling me that for about $400 I can put an SSB transiever (used) on my boat? Last I looked by the time I bought all the other stuff (tuner, insulated stay, antenna
, ground plane etc) it was waaay more than that.
I dont really care to hear all the chatter on the so called cruisers nets and am really just interested in getting weather maps offshore cheaply and reliably.
Yes, you can. For receive only
, you don't need much of an antenna. You can use a spare length of wire, clip onto a shroud
or backstay, etc. You also don't need a tuner, robust power to the radio
, etc., etc.
However, the marine
and ham radios have much more flexibility, typically better receivers and, if/when you ever change your mind....as you well might once you realize the value of having SSB aboard....you already have the radio
and just need to add a few components to be able to transmit.
Also, if you later on add a modem
, you can request and receive GRIB files on demand for anywhere in the world.