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SSB Radio

SSB Radio

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CHAPTER 1
Introduction from Gordon West
Welcome to the world of long distance communications with marinesingle sideband (SSB) radio. Hundreds of voice and data e-mail chan-nels in the MF and HF frequency spectrum have been allocated to mari-ners for long-range, ship-to-ship, and ship-to-shore communications.Marine single sideband, voice, "party line" communications can neverbe replaced by ship satellite "private" communications! Theadvantage of marine SSB is the ability to have a multiparty conversa-tion for the exchange of information. Satellite communications is likea telephone call - you can only talk to a specific person at a specifictime. You cannot talk to a group of individuals. An SSB gives marinersthe ability to share information with one another about weather, portsof call, cruising conditions etc. Marine SSB is more like an internetchat group than a phone call.The marine single sideband service and frequencies have been aroundfor years. However, only recently have we seen the introduction of low-cost, no-crystal, marine SSB equipment that can offer marineradio, ham radio, and marine e-mail capabilities in one neat, 12-voltDC package. ICOM, a leader in marine, commercial, and amateurradio equipment, presents the overview of the marine single sidebandservice, an easy-to-understand review of equipment, and suggestedinstallation of the radio and antenna and ground systems.If you are like most mariners, you are probably not all that interested inwhat makes SSB radio work on the inside. However, one thing is forsure, when you pick up the mic or prepare to send a computer e-mailmessage, you want the very best signal on the band, and you want toconnect with the station you are calling, on the first try!In this book we'll show you how, in a non-technical, easy-to-under-stand language. We will also give you some proven installation tech-niques that will help you to install the equipment on your boat if youare handy with tools. But, keep in mind that your marine electronics
 
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dealer is an expert in this field. They have the experience to complete aproper installation of your equipment. If you don't feel you have thenecessary skills, your dealer is the best person you can find to insureproper installation and top performance from your marine SSB radio.This handbook is also a ready reference for the hundreds of voice anddata (e-mail) channels available in the maritime service, as well aschannels and frequencies for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore in both themarine service and the amateur radio service. We'll even show youhow to tune in weather facsimile and NAVTEX.
TIP!
All frequencies listed have been updated in early 1997,with no anticipated changes for the next few years.Ready to communicate throughout the world on your marine SSBtransceiver? Do you want to pick up that microphone and immediatelymake a quick phone call home? Want to send a FAX or e-mail? Ready toreceive weather information over your lap-top computer? If so, then readon—ICOM presents the very best in marine single sideband and we willgive you a fun and easy-to-understand look at long-range radio.
 
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CHAPTER 2
Start with a Good VHF Set
Before you begin thinking about marine SSB long distance communi-cations, let's first review the hard working marine VHF radio system.
 ICOM's lC-M59 VHF set is shown with optional flush mount kit.
Radio rules require that you must have a marine VHF radio in yourvessel before you can install a marine SSB transceiver.The international marine VHF service is designed for coastal cruising.We use marine VHF when we are within 20 miles of a shore stationor another VHF equipped vessel. This is the effective range of theVHF receiver.The VHF system is worldwide. Whether you cruise toHawaii, Bermuda, or the Mediterranean, the VHF/FM channels are thesame as they are here. Just use the international (INT) button on yourradio. The frequencies assigned to channels may be different in theUS, Canada or the rest of the world.

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