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Feature-loaded VHFs with GPS

What We TestedOur current test group consisted of four radios. Icom, a global company whose product line includes communications equipment and products based in...

Functions and Features

    In our test of waterproof VHF marine radios, Practical Sailor used the following protocol. Please see the original article https://www.practical-sailor.com/marine-electronics/feature-loaded-vhfs-with-gps for more detailed results. After...

DeLorme Satcom Solution

We recently had a chance to ocean test the new DeLorme inReach Explorer on a passage from Sarasota, Fla., to the Dry Tortugas in...

Professional Versus DIY SSB System Installs

Terry Sparks, author of the book A New Ham I Am, Made Simple For Cruisers, has seen plenty of HF radio installations-both SSB and...

PS Tests Farallons Pactor-4 Modem, SailMail

As email access is a big draw for many potential (and current owners) of single-sideband systems, we decided this was a good opportunity to...

Making a Mayday Call on Marine SSB Radio

For more than a decade, the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress call has been the digital-age equivalent of the familiar Mayday call and the...

Installing the Icom M802

When it comes to installing an Icom M802 SSB system, there are a few rules of thumb that should be followed. Heres a look...

Conjuring Up Some SSB Magic

GAM Split-Lead SSB AntennaAlthough the manufacturers description of the GAM split-lead antenna notes a number of benefits, the biggest draw for most sailors is...

Im with the Band: Fidelity and Frequencies

Audio is transmitted via radio waves, with audio being impressed on a radio signal using a method called modulation. The two types of modulation...

Deciding Between Marine SSB or Ham, or Both

Both the marine radio and ham radio services use the same type of modulation, called single sideband. So when a fellow sailor says they...

An Italian Go Fast Sailboat – The Viko S 35 |...

Looking to buy a 35-40 foot sailboat? Considering a Viko S 35? See a Viko S35 for sale? What are the pros and cons...