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Old 03-01-2016, 15:24   #1
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My 706 just packed up. Looking for a descent ham or ssb radio.


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I have an Icom 710 for sale
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I've had an ICOM 802 for 12 years that has done a good job at both. It's a FCC type accepted radio so no worries using it on marine frequencies. With a PACTOR modem you can do offshore EMAIL with either Winlink or Sailmail. You might be able to pick up one up on EBAY for a decent price.
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Early days yet but I am pretty happy with the secondhand icom 802 I bought from a fellow cf member. It was easy to setup, the various components were not too awkward to find space for and the wiring was uncomplicated. The most bulky part is the auto tuner but mine is the older at130. The at140 may be smaller.

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Do you mean Marine SSB and Ham radio? Both provide SSB (Single side-band). Marine transcievers only operate on marine frequencies, but Ham can operate on both Ham bands and marine frequencies when modified as many sailors do (not sure of legality!). But if you are a licensed amateur radio operator, the only real option is a modified Ham radio - same price and you get both options.

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I have an ICOM M700 with an AT 120 Tuner for sale. Let me know if this is of interest.
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Do you mean Marine SSB and Ham radio? Both provide SSB (Single side-band). Marine transcievers only operate on marine frequencies, but Ham can operate on both Ham bands and marine frequencies when modified as many sailors do (not sure of legality!). But if you are a licensed amateur radio operator, the only real option is a modified Ham radio - same price and you get both options.

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With all due respect that is not entirely accurate. Using the ICOM 802 as an example, it is a type certified marine transceiver that is perfectly legal but with the push of a couple of buttons it can also be used on Ham frequencies (perfectly legal if you have a Ham license).
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If there is a HAM radio club near you, check to see if they have a HAM fest scheduled anywhere nearby. I bought my first SSB several years ago at a hamfeat. Bought a ICOM 735 plus AT-140 automatic tuner for $ 350. The set was opened up to transmit on all frequencies. Have since bought an ICOM 718 and the store I bought it from opened it up for $40
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Not interest on the M700 sorry.


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I just listed an ICOM 802 SSB radio with AT-140 tuner for sale in the classified section. Latest generation radio with DSC. The system was bench tested at Mid-Coast Marine Electronics in Maine and everything checked out fine.
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Icom. Does both. SSB and Ham perform different functions so go for one set that does both. Older Icom sets required a minor adjustment to gain Ham usage. Easy to do. And since Ham no longer requires code, no excuse not to get it. Plus you can get apps that will convert whatever you type into code for ham broadcasts and convert received code into plain text. There is even one(expensive) that will translate your speech into code so learning code, like learning celestial navigation, is more an exercise in purism and history rather than being relevant to today's sailing world.
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Hey, my mistake, the radio is an Icom IC-728. It is a ham radio that will work on SSB.
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the old 700 could do both, with a snip of a wire. Should be able to find them cheap since they are about 20 years old. Good solid sets.
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I have an ICOM M700PRO.which is a current model (not to be confused with old M700. It can be used both Marine SSB and HAM. Also have Icom 130 tuner to go with it along with the connecting cables. PM if interested to discuss details. Tim
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