Have this radio and sailed with it to Hawaii
. It's a relatively cheap
, easy to use radio that kept me in contact with the Pacific Maritime Net and Gribs and email
to the wife via Pactor
. If the radio isn't already opened up to transmit on all SSB freq's, not just the ham SSB ones, it's about a 1 minute job by any technician. Took way more time to open the radio up than to do the mod. You could probably do it yourself as, IIRC, it involves disabling a couple of parts
soldered to a PC board. There are good instructions with video on line. Just a word of caution here. Use of this radio on the marine
HF frequencies except in an emergency
is against regulations
. Not a problem for me as all the action has been on the Ham freq's and haven't missed using the Marine Freq's. I'm sure others are doing it, however, and the radio is/was sold
as a marine radio in other parts
of the world under a different label.
You will need an antenna tuner if you expect the radio to work
and an antenna. Used the backstay with one insulator at the top of the mast
. Icom makes the AH-4 tuner matched to this radio for around $300.
The asking price
is really good on this radio. Paid more for mine and this looks to have been used less.