The Kaito is a receiver only! Hank has indicated that he wants to communicate with others...that means a transmitter as well as a receiver, or a modern transceiver.
Hank, there are several ways to go. If you have the inclination, I'd strongly suggest that you obtain a ham license
, since it is cheap
and relatively easy to get these days (there is no more code requirement....just a written test).
A ham license
will allow you to communicate with other hams -- there are over a million of them worldwide -- and with other sailors with ham rigs. There are lots of maritime mobile nets as well, which are run expressly to serve the needs of cruising sailors. These provide weather information, contacts, safety
There are dozens of ham radios available as well, many of them very compact and very versatile. One of the most popular radios of all time is the Icom
706MKIIG, currently selling for about $700-800 used and in like new condition. There are others which are less expensive which could work for you as well. The Kenwood TS-50 is a tiny rig with big-rig capability, and sells for about $400-500 used. Other small rigs include the Yaesu FT-100, the FT-857, etc., etc. I have a spreadsheet which lists several of the available ham and marine
SSB radios, which I'd be happy to send you if you shoot an email
to me: bill at wdsg dot com
If you choose not to go the ham license route
, you could still install a marine
SSB. Some of the smaller ones include the wonderful little Yaesu System 600 and the Kenwood TKM-707. These are rare, but occasionally show up on the used market...eBay and others.
You might also want to check out my post on inexpensive ham radio
setups which is on the SSCA Board: SSCA Discussion Board :: View topic - SERIOUS HAM SSB SETUP ON THE CHEAP
Hope this helps a bit.