While it is a bit dated, I suspect around 1998-99 and with the references to ICOM, I also suspect it was authored or sponsored by them. This is an informational and easy to understand read on Marine Single Sideband (SSB). Even dated it is still a good source on how SSB works in a format as easy to read and understand.
I have tried to update outdated information as I found it or cross it out if it no longer applies, I wont find it all. While the general information about using your SSB radio and how it works is valuable, I would be verify any references to channels for specific information or use as this is subject to change.
I will continue to edit/update as I find information that is outdated. If you find any please let me know.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1: Introduction from Gordon West
- Chapter 2: Start with a Good VHF Set
- Chapter 3: The Marine Single Sideband (SSB) Service
- Chapter 4: High Frequency Bouncing Radio Waves
- Chapter 5: Single Sideband Range
- Chapter 6: Band and Channel Selection
- Chapter 7: Equipment Selection and Location
- Chapter 8: Grounding (Counterpoise)
- Chapter 9: Antennas
- Chapter 10: Adding 12 Volts
- Chapter 11: Eliminating Noise Interference
- Chapter 12: Your FCC License
- Chapter 13: Going on the Air
- Chapter 14: Operating Procedures – Distress, Urgency and Safety
- Chapter 15: Using Your SSB for Low-Cost E-Mail
- Chapter 16: Review: SSB Channel Designators Explained
- Appendix: MARITIME RADIOTELEPHONE PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE STATIONS
- Appendix: INTERNATIONAL VOICE CHANNEL DESIGNATORS (4-16 MHZ)
- Appendix: SSB MARINE CHANNELS
- Appendix: WEATHER FAX