SSB (Single Side Band) is a popular means of communications for the independent
cruising yachtsmen and a must if you are planning to do bluewater cruising to
the Caribbean, Pacific or Mediterranean.
The range of SSB is up to several
thousand miles and calls between yachts are free and there are coast stations
broadcasting weather bulletins and even low cost SSB email.
The marine SSB
transceivers (Icom M801E or M802 have digital selective calling (DSC) which
allows you to send and receive distress, urgency and safety communications
between other ships and to and from coastguard. SSB DSC can also be used for
routine calling between yachts.
Having an SSB MF/HF transceiver on board your
yacht offers communication independence, you are not tied into any contracts or
You just require a ships radio licence and a marine
radio long range operator's certificate
High Frequency (HF) radio works on frequencies between 3 MHz to
30 MHz which lies between medium-wave (MF) and VHF radio. HF radio waves can
refract (bend) of the ionosphere giving coverage over hundreds or even
thousands of miles and therefore ideal for long distance
Marine SSB (Single Side
Band) or HF (High Frequency) is a popular means of communication for the
independent cruising yachtsmen and a must if you are planning to do bluewater
cruising to the Caribbean, Pacific or Mediterranean.
The range of SSB
is upto several thousand miles and calls between yachts are free.
parts of the world you can communicate with the coastguard up to several
hundred miles off-shore.
Global weather can be received via fax and
data and you can send and receive email.
Having an SSB transceiver on board
offers security, entertainment and general communications while at
If you want the capability of being able to transmit on all marine
frequencies which include MF/HF/VHF and Inmarsat satellite from a yacht then
you need a GMDSS Long Range Certificate
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