|Item Weight||15.3 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19 x 16 x 8 inches|
|Item model number||M802|
Icom M802 Marine SSB Radio
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M802 Digital Marine SSB RadioAll 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 ever.Features:The latest in Icom SSB technology and construction Digital Signal Processing (DSP) virtually eliminates noise and interference. Pin drop clear voice reception Digital processing improves data efficiency Industry standard 4 x 8 inch size remote controller Easy to install Same faceplate proportions as many other marine electronics devices Only about 4 inches deep, the remote controller fits in nearly any nav station. The cabinet is designed to self flush-mount, hiding the hole cut for the remote controller. Hide the compact main unit Mounting bracket for the remote controller and the speaker is included, in case you choose not to flush mount the radio. Mounting bracket for the main unit is also included. With its small footprint (less than a foot square), you can mount the main unit in more out of the way places, like under the navigator's seatSeparate external speaker (required and included) allows you to place the sound where it's needed most150 watts of power, 100% duty cycleAll modes, including RTTY100% E-mail ready, with one touch button access on the front pan
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This is a rather limited radio from a Ham perspective as it is intended to be a SSB and FSK radio. It also will not accept Ham desktop microphones which use a difference impedance.
1. One touch email--program your best shore station frequency for fast and easy email.
2. One touch distress--and you can select the type of emergency--if you have time--fire, sinking, pirates, etc.
3. 160 user programmable memories, 160 email memories. Plus an insane number of ITU pre-programmed frequencies.
4. Hooks up to a GPS to display Latitude and Longitude--I use this often will updating my logs.
5. Digital Selective Calling--makes calling a specific vessel easy.
6. Matching VHF links up to MA-500TR Class B AIS Transponder.
7. Remote speaker can be placed in a convenient location.
8. Optional handset speaker/mic--a nice option.
9. Separate head and radio enclosure. Head unit is the same size as matching M604A VHF radio--which give position as well as course and speed--useful for the log book also.
10. 150 Watts of power. The extra 50 watts is very nice to have, but it will draw some current. Up to 30 Amps.
11. At-140 Antenna tuner works well in most instances but will not tune everything.
12. Simple controls that most people can use.
13. Works well with PACTOR modems for email.
14. Shields heavy gauge power leads.
15. Computer control--I have not tried this, but I will look into it. It can be done I'm told. It would be great to be able to use Ham Radio Deluxe software on this rig. Not sure if this is possible.
16. Decent memory struture--far better than the M700 which made me want to toss it overboard. Banks of memory that make it easy to customize and find stored frequencies.
1. Does not work on 6 meter band
2. Receives Am but no transmit on that mode.
3. Does not transmit on FM mode--might be a good thing as that would be a battery killer in a sailboat. Still it would be nice to use it on 6m and 10m FM during band openings. This would allow outstanding audio and incredible distances.
4. No Tones so no repeater operation as well. This means Hams will want another radio on board.
4. Cannot use conventional HAM desktop microphones as these are a different impedance, and connector.
5. No digital filters commonly found on ICOM Ham rigs.
6. Did I mention cheesy hand mic?
Unfortunantly BigT (AKA Single Side Band) cancelled the order telling Amazon that they did not have the radio in stock or that it was damaged. I checked for another source on Amazon, lo and behold BigT says they have three more in stock but at a higher price. Talking with Amazon customer service it appears that BigT (AKA Single Side Band) changed the listing so they wouldn't have to honor the price. Icom only makes one M-802 so it isn't as if they are listing a different product at the higher price.
Once an order is cancelled there is no way to give feed back on a vendor. BigT gets a Big Zero. Even WestMarine has the same product at several hundred dollars less than BigT now lists it.
refrigeration compressors, power inverters and other sources of noise on board I think their sales are going to continue to decrease.
I would also like to mention that I am not a new user of SSB's and I'm not new to the various problems and installation nuances. I operated an older, mid-1980's vintage ICOM SSB from 1995 to 1998 making regular daily voice contact with stations as far away as Toronto with much greater success than I have had more recently with the advanced M802. The only reason I moved to the new equipment is so I could have the option of interconnecting modems and computers for weather information download via a USB port- which I am reluctant to attempt because I can't achieve the success I hoped for with voice communications.
Respectfully, Capt Mitch Witt