I am running an ICOM M700
Pro that is open to the ham bands. It came with the boat
, so I don't know if it was necessary to do the software
hack to open my particular model / year.
The marine SSB
rigs are channelized and without as many tweaking knobs as amateur rigs, so a little clunky: not as easy to spin the dial, at least on my rig. As I understand the regulatory situation, the only way to operate in both worlds with just one radio
, emergencies excepted, is to have a marine SSB
that is open to the ham bands. While some ham radios meet the spectrum requirements for marine SSB, as a group they are not permitted. This last comment will likely evoke explanation and comment from people more knowledgeable, so you may well have started a lively thread.
Much of this has been hashed out on this thread: