Are SSB radios really worth it? We use our cell phones quite often (I phones of which we have two). They cover us for communication (email, fax), GPS and for weather. These I phones are amazing. They have charts in them that work with the GPS and weather that show us where we are and the weather a head. We also have laptops that do the same.
Although I am new sailing I am also a master scuba diver instructor and mountaineer. I have taught my students over the years that redundancy is extremely important. Three is two, two is one and one is none. We sail in the Long Island Sound and our I phones, to this date, have never failed.
We also have two radios.
I have used SSB when out of range of VHF and Cell phones, the big advantage is when more than 100 miles offshore and not in shipping channels or in fishing grounds one can stll send an SOS, Mayday, get email, weatherfax, and let people know you are ok, but for coastal crusing (within 25 miles of shore), and with AIS becoming more and more popular I dont see SSB as a big deal, I was in a discussion last night with another sailor and He swore that you should not go out of sight of land without an SSB yet I have done so many times, but was always in the shipping lanes. I agree that once out of the lanes then there is a life-safety issue,
I would like to hear other opinions on this topic
Hi guys, I recently received my Genral License K2SDV (Kilo two Sailboart Drac Verd). With this license(technical and regs test required) I can work the Ameteur bands but need an operators license and a station license (no test for these but a fee of about $150) to operate the marine SSB channels.
I have a 2meter transceiver that has about the same range as the exiting VHF marine radio but with more power.
The range is still about the same all thought I can connect with repeater stations shore side to extend the range inland.
The SSB HF would extend my connecting with inland and marinite moble Hams but not replace weather and email from my Blackberry, at this time during coastal pursuits.
SSB really comes into play for blue water cruising.
Ron, are you a Ham or use just marine SSB channels? What is your rig and setup on the Beneteau? I have a 373 B and going to set up a IC-802 but wondering about the ground and counterpiose systems for it. Are you on maritine Moble net at 14.3 mHz?
I recently changed the wear plate on the raw water pump on the Yanmar. I have about 1675 hours on the engine and the plate showed significant scaring and wear. It was an easy change-out. After removing the impeller the plate simply sits behind it and is easily removed with a dental pick/ bearing pick/ or toothpick. I also added the Speedseal Life cover. Nice device.The wear plate made a difference. Upon startup after an impeller change before changing the wear plate out, I would sometimes need…See More
"Larry, that's two of us that wishes you had posted your fix sooner. I just paid over $300 for a new tach, and that was at wholesale cost. I sent a note to James Taylor telling him about your LCD screen fix. Hopefully it works for him as…"
"Should have posted my fix earlier. I had the same problem with the tach on my 323 before I bought the 43. I was able to get the hour meter to work on the 323 by following the processes out on the web about cleaning the silicon & the ribbon…"
I read the referred to fixes in the other forums and it was strange what people said. For me it looks like a bad contact in the connector as you say. I wrote my experience above (2015) and I must say that came to the previous state that…"
"Hi to everyone, before doing anything that can ruin your tachometer, please try this first that worked for me after having tried everything read on the internet about this problem. I had the same problem with my tachometer/hour meter (yanmar) and…"