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Old 26-10-2020, 04:15   #1
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SSB radio

Hi all,

I'm considering getting an SSB and really don't know what I'm looking for.

Suggestions?
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Old 26-10-2020, 04:33   #2
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Re: SSB radio

They are not cheap!

Here is one on eBay Australia and the price quoted is Australian Dollars

There's some questions answered here on the eBay site.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ICOM-IC-...frcectupt=true

SSB Radio would broadcast on the High Frequency range (just above Broadcast Range .5Mhz - 2Mhz (?))


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Old 26-10-2020, 05:23   #3
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Re: SSB radio

shall we assume you are not a ham radio operator and looking only for a marine HF radio?
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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.

The current 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, 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.

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Yes, sorry - marine SSB!
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Re: SSB radio

I spent 10 years in the RAF as an Air Communication Technician and was trained in all radio equipment fitted to RAF aircraft including HF as well as VHF, ILS and Decca nav (remember that!)

So I'm ok with the tech stuff, I just not sure about the equipment available that is suitable for marine SSB for cruising yachts.

Not really looking for new, as noted they are a tad on the pricey side! I've seen an Icom ic-m700 on eBay for around £350 which looks like it would suit.

Thoughts?

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Yes, sorry - marine SSB!

Dont know what we can offer beyond the info readily available on the internet looking at various marine SSB transceivers, both old and new).
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Re: SSB radio

Check out Dockside Radio (Pactor-II/III Radio Modem sales, FCC License filing, Marine SSB & HAM Radio Net schedules &amp frequencies.) for a wealth of info.
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