Congratulations on your M710 marine radio
and ham licenses. Assume you also have a marine permit
and ship's license to operate the marine bands on your boat
The Tech license is virtually worthless on a boat
, but the General Class is what you need to participate in most nets and to use the various ham bands.
Two thoughts on resources:
1. The Cruising Club
of America has a dated but otherwise excellent tutorial on the M710. You can find it here:
2. On Dockside Radio's website you'll find lots of info on the M710, including its programming:
Icom M710 Programming Instructions
The M710 is a great radio
, but not a great radio for ham use because it doesn't have a real VFO. It's best for fixed-frequency use, e.g., the various marine and ham nets which operate on specific frequencies which can be programmed into the M710.
There is a workaround for setting up the M710 so that it acts more or less like it has a VFO....it's a bit clunky but it works. When you get that far in your learning
, send me an email
and I'll provide instructions for this: bill at wdsg dot com
Finally, and importantly, look up the local ham clubs near you and contact them or attend one of their meetings. No doubt you can find a hands-on mentor to help you.