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    Hi I am on a sailboat in La Paz, MX planning on sailing to South America. I have a non functioning ICOM IC-M800 and Smartuner SG-230 with insulated backstay antenna. This is old, broken, and hardly worth trying to get repaired here in MX in my opinion. I'd like to start over. I am a total beginner with HAM.

    I want to talk on these nets:

    Sonrisa Net 3968 LSB
    Amigo Net 4149/4146 USB (Marine SSB Net)
    Pacific Maritime Net 21412 USB

    Will the ICOM IC-7200 do what I need? HAM Radio Outlet can sell and ship the radio to me, they suggest also the MARS Mod IC-7200.

    I have an insulated backstay antenna, I already have a SG-230 Smartuner, which I probably would replace as well. I have a copper plate in the hull for the counterpoise.

    I really needc some advice here before I spend money and engineering hours setting this all up! Thank you!

    US flagged boat, US owner, US credit card, located in southern Baja.

    James Baumgart
    WDJ5123

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    You are sailing to South America? Then a proper maritime installation is pretty much de rigour, isn't it. If it can save your life on the proper HF maritime bands, and give you a chance to chat to hams as a secondary goal that's great. Plenty of Icom and other kit available for maritime ssb, with coverage of the ham band.

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    You are in for a great time operating on a boat. I know guys who go out of their way to operate at locations with salt water because it really helps with the antennas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KK6NOH View Post
    You are in for a great time operating on a boat. I know guys who go out of their way to operate at locations with salt water because it really helps with the antennas.
    I used to be a very active member of a group of guys like you described. We were called "The U.S. Navy". Nowadays, the sailors just send the info straight to a satellite which resends it to wherever it's addressed. Only satellite we had when I was a member of that group was called "the moon".
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    Pat K7KBN
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