Paul, SSB, or Marine
SSB uses their own assigned set of frequencies between 2MHz and 16MHz. Ham, or Amateur, Radio have their OWN set of assigned frequencies between 1.8MHz and 29.999MHz. The two SHALL NEVER MEET.
Now, some sailors who are also Ham Radio operators will use a Ham Radio on board. This is because they want to talk and send data message using the Ham Radio frequencies. By law, the are NOT ALLOWED to use Marine SSB Radio frequencies. However, their radio's might have the ability to use them. This is commonly refereed to as having a wide open radio.
Conversely, Marine SSB Radio's may also have the ability to use Ham Radio frequencies. This is perfectly legal
as long as the operator has a Ham Radio License
. The Marine SSB may have to be programmed to operate in the Ham Bands.
radios on the market are made by ICOM
. The two that seem to be the most popular are the Icom
IC-M710 and Icom IC-M802. Both are rather expensive due to the nature of the FCC and European regulations
for non interference
to other nearby frequencies, or what is known as Adjacent Channel Interference
You can get either radio used on eBay, or new from an authorized seller. But it does not end there. You will need antenna
tuner, and a Ship Operator license
plus a Station License. So do more research
and read the stickies found on this forum for lots of really great information.
JMHO and Good Luck!