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Old 09-11-2012, 06:02 AM   #8
Larry M
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City: JAX, FL
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Hobo
Vessel Model: Krogen 42-120
Join Date: Nov 2008
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Lena has her Ham license and is the communications officer on Hobo. We have the Icom IC-M802 radio and would buy another one. We used the radio from AK, down the West coast and into the Caribbean for radio nets, talking to friends on other boats, email and weather. For Email and weather we have a SCS Pactor III modem.

More people use the SSB frequencies than the Ham frequencies. On SBB frequencies you can conduct business and there are not any tests to pass to broadcast.

Today we see a lot of cruisers with Sat phones (for less money) and no HF radios. What we like about the SSB/Ham radio is the access to other cruisers and the weather. When you are remote, it's any easy way to plan your next anchorage or hear who's in the area, based on what you here on the regional HF nets.
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