High Frequency Single Side Band (HF SSB) using the state-of-the-art Icom IC M802 is a necessary tool when cruising. HF SSB is a one to may communications device and is the best way to stay out of trouble at sea. With the M802’s Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capability, a distress call from your boat will probably be heard around the world.
“Icom IC M802 Made Simple for Cruisers” is intended to be for cruisers that already have an IC M802 installed on their boat. The book provides very simplified operating procedures supported with many color graphics that aid in understanding the steps to use, program and make DSC calls.
The key to being able to use the full capability of your radio is a good manual. The Icom manual is written at a very high level and as such most folks that are not “radio geeks” have trouble figuring out how to use the basics. After teaching cruisers how to use their M802, they find out how simple it really is to use the IC M802. So, I decided to write a Made Simple for Cruisers manual so all cruisers can utilize the full capability of the IC M802.
My Made Simple for Cruisers books are simple as a result of my experiences when I taught at Electronics at Columbia Basin College in Washington. It became clear to me that what seemed simple to me then is not for someone that is trying to learn. My students taught me that when writing procedures, keep it simple and assume no prior knowledge of the reader.
My goal for my Made Simple for Cruisers Series of books is to keep the procedures and layout of the book as simple as possible for complex things and to include additional information that will help other cruisers understand the concept of the subject.
“Icom IC M802 Starting from Scratch” is for cruisers who want to buy and install an HF SSB radio on their boat. This is a one stop shopping book that covers HF SSB basics, Ships Licensing, purchase the right parts, installation the parts right, configuration of radio, testing the system, and setting up your HF SSB email. This book also includes an enhanced versions of my procedures found in the popular "Icom IC M802 Made Simple for Cruisers".
After finding so many poor installations on cruising boats, it was clear that the basics for new installations needed to be covered. Even many of the boats that have had “professional installers” have had major issues. If you are planning to buy an HF SSB radio or just getting ready to install one, you will save time and money if you have read this book before installation.
A check sheet is provided to make sure all the parts are available for installation. Another check sheet is included to guide you through an inspection of the new installation to make sure the radio is operational and does not get damaged when you key the microphone the first time.
As an added plus the book contains a three discount coupons worth $120.00 for the system and components you may want in your HF SSB System. Buying this book and using the coupons, makes this book more than free. . . . . . . . Note: SeaTech Systems was recently sold. The new owners have indicated they will continue to honor the $100 rebate for a system purchase from SeaTech Systems. However, they are now located in Washington state and have new phone numbers.
New Owners: Richard Anderson 206.229.9263 and Devon Anderson 425.466.8161
Take a look at the IC M802 Radio.
If you are deciding on an M802/M803, ham radio or Sat phone, you should read what the FCC states in the ICOM M802 waiver section 8:
8. Based on the record before us, we conclude that grant of the requested waiver is in the public interest. The record before us indicates that without the M802, there is no affordable MF/HF DSC radio for vessels not subject to the GMDSS requirements. Use of a DSC radio—even one that does not perform all of the parallel automated procedures required by ITU-R M.493-13—offers important advantages over non-DSC alternatives. For example, satellite radios communicate on a one-to-one basis,
so distress calls will not be heard by surrounding vessels. Similarly, non-DSC distress calls likely will not be heard by DSC-equipped vessels, which are required to monitor only the DSC distress channel.
Consequently, grant of a waiver will contribute to the safety of vessels in distress.
Links: HF SSB DSC vs Sat Phone
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Updated 12-08-15:M802 - operating Changes (serial # 11xxxx units)
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