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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
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by octopus gardcen View Post
    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 back stay 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 need 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
    You aren't licensed for the amateur radio frequencies, hence you cannot operate on the amateur radio frequencies.


    Sonrisa Net 3968 LSB - is in the 75m portion of the amateur radio band plan.

    Pacific Maritime Net 21412 USB - is within the 15m portion of the amateur radio band plan.

    I highly doubt if a responsible person at HRO offered to sell you a radio to operate on those frequencies without an amateur radio license..

    MARS CAP - is not something that they offer as a over the counter option.

    I spoke to Barry, HRO Deleware store, Barry says that they will not even open the box, else the radio has to be sold as used equipment.
    So I don't know who you talked to that told you this?

    What you need to do is obtain a General Class Amateur Radio License.

    Then you can talk about what kind of equipment and whom you need to find to install it for you...

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