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Old 17-08-2016, 10:43   #16
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Re: VHF/UHF HAM Recommendation

Buy a used Iridium phone on EBay and a few prepaid sims that you can top up with credit when you plan a trip.


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Funny you should mention that, I just checked out my local club yesterday, and they have a meeting this weekend which I'm planning to attend. They're also administering a licensing exam next month, so that's the one I'm shooting for.

The high-end Kenwood radio does have GPS built-in, but it's pricy.
Correct - the 710GA has a built-in GPS. It's a seriously complex unit though - I played with one in the store. It pushes my gadget buttons, but on a boat I'd go for a simpler unit.

Good luck with the extra! I just got mine a few weeks ago, bought an HF rig and got on the air (W6GAJ). 20 meters is super active out this way.
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Ic718. Great radio. I use ours for voice marine and ssb nets as well as email. The email is indispensable offshore for airmail weather files on demand


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Ic718 is a HF unit, right?
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It is a HF unit and requires proper lic. to be used for ham bands and if modified for marine use requires a marine lic. as well.


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