HF Radio Package
The Barrett 980 series of HF marine transceivers are state of the
art, economical 100 Watt HF SSB transceivers designed for both GMDSS
and non-GMDSS marine installations.
To satisfy this broad range of requirements, three versions of the
Barrett 980 are available for maritime operations:-
The Barrett 980 DSC Class "E" transceiver
A stand-alone HF transceiver, the Barrett 980 DSC Class "E"
transceiver P/N BC98007, with internal DSC, meets all the requirements
for ITU 493-8 Class "E" DSC operations. Suitable for yachts
and motor vessels that do not require compulsory fitting of Class
A GMDSS equipment but want the safety coverage offered under the international
$3890 from Telstat
MF/HF SSB Radio Telephone Long Range Communications
Built-in DSC (Digital Selective Calling) Class E
Icom Remote control head for easy install
Icom Australian Type Approved
Icom DSP (Digital Signal Processing) for improved sound quality
Icom Easy to use
* 4 x 8 inch remote controller Large
* LCD with dot-matrix characters
Icom Water resistant design
125W (PEP) of output power (4.725 MHz)
* Automatic Antenna Tuner (AT141)
* Heavy Duty stainless steel Mounting Bracket with quick release (MB108)
* Due to the special nature of HF Marine Radio's, Icom recommend
the use of specialist marine dealers. Please contact Icom for a referral,
03 9549 7500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
$3,520.00 from OzGear
Catalogue from Amisales
Icom IC M802
All new digital SSB with
remoteable control head offers
the clearest reception ever.
Big dials, a large dot-matrix
LCD and well spaced buttons
make Icom’s newest SSB a
snap to operate, even in rough
seas. A full key pad, over 1300 channels, wide band RX, Ham band
TX (license required) and RX included, one-touch e-mail access (a
SSB first!) with no optional filters required, front panel headset jack
(to keep from waking up the crew), and many more thoughtful features
make this remoteable control head SSB Icom’s most advanced
Standard 4 × 8 remote controller
Large LCD with dot matrix characters
Easy to use in all conditions
Built-in digital selective calling
Digital signal processor advantage
150W (PEP) of powerful output
One-touch e-mail access
Automatic antenna tuner, AT-140
Wide band receive coverage (0.5 – 29.9999MHz)
VFO mode is available (depending on version)
Remote control mic allows you to select channels directly
Accessory RS-232C port allows connection of modem, etc.
GPS input, NMEA 0183 version 2.0 or later
A headphone jack in front of
*Appropriate HAM license required to
transmit on amateur radio frequencies.
IC-802 Marine SSB Radio
of Meteorology HF Radio Marine Weather broadcasts
From World Cruising list
In order to test out our communication electronics we ran a "temporary"
antenna up the mast.
We bought a $5 antenna kit from Radio Shack, cut the antenna to the proper
length (1/4 wavelength I believe?) and connected the bare antenna to a
coaxial cable which ran to the radio in the boat. I shimmied up the mast
and placed a small pulley at an appropriate spot and looped small halyard
(like a flag halyard) around it and back to the deck. We taped the copper
antenna to the halyard every 2 feet or so and hoisted it up taking care
that the antenna was away from the mast at the top and the antenna/coax
junction was overhead at the deck. We simply tied off the bottom of the
antenna halyard to the outer rail.
Well it worked so good (and we are so lazy) that is stayed there for
over a year until we sold the boat. On our cat we did the same thing using
a bungee for the last few feet to the outer toerail one one side. We thought
the bungee would be useful to dampen any oscillations in high winds. So
far it's worked just great for almost 8 months including some good blows.
There have been some comments (I've posted this before and elsewhere)
about how sturdy it is. I'd say it's as sturdy as your flag halyard and
when was the last time that blew off?
I know this is an unorthodox lowtech solution but I just cringe when
I hear of people paying thousands of dollars to turn their back stay into
an antenna. As well as a sailor I am a mountaineer/climber and keeping
equipment in perfect condition for original use only is critical. the
thought of weakening the back stay by cutting it makes my skin crawl.
(Not to mention paying someone thousands to do it.)
Give it a try on a temporary basis. It's only cost you some time, $5
for an antenna kit and some coax.
BY FAR, the least expensive way to go is the ICOM
718. It has everything you as a new ham or even some experienced hams
would want.....even plug and play EMAIL.
For the email you need a TNC (Modem). If you can find a used PACTOR IIe..get
it. Send it to Farallon Electronics in Sausilito, CA for updating.
For an antenna tuner there is only once choice (in my opinion). The SGC
239. It will handle up to 250 watts, is not "RIG" dependent
like ICOM,Kenwod,Yaseu, etc. It will work great with any radio. If you
change radios, you are not stuck with having to buy the same brand as
your ant. tuner. SGC does MIL-SPEC Equipment. The SGC239 is only $182.00
and does not have a waterproof case. SO SGC recommends that you put the
unit in a "Tupperware" type case...VOILA...water proof.
DO NOT CUT YOUR BACK STAY for an antenna...to do so is to create another
failure point. Instead just run a wire from an insulator back aft up to
the top of your mast. Make sure it is out of the way of the mainsail.
For a ground run strips of copper foil along the "tumblehome"
of the bilges....go to a stained glass supply/hobby store. They sell 3/4"
foil at about $9.00/ 40 yards. Run three strips on each side of the tumblehome....they
are sticky backed. Solder them together...even run a couple strips up
to the transceivers for a ground.
I have just been going through the question of whether to get SSB radio,
and have received a lot of advice.
The closest I got was to:
1) Get 'Standard' Ham radio licence.
2) Options of:
706 MkIIG (Ron Bertrand)
IC78 ( Marc Robinson)
Icom IC 718 ( Marc Robinson)
M710 (Graeme Nolan)
ICM 801E ( Marc Robinson)
3) AT130 tuner
4) Pactor III modem.
5) 18 foot antenna (2 if using HF DSC)
6) Ensure boat has complex ground plate and antennae are kept away from
radio, computer etc.
But the final decision seems to be to abandon the whole HF project ("dying
technology") and get an Iridium
9505a satphone with a RS232 data adapter. Use Internet cafes in port
and the Iridium for free text messages, data downloads and important phone
I've discussed this on the World Cruising list. One bloke who sounded
well informed uses OCENS
It looks likely to be a useful option.