Single Side Band RadiosSingle Side Band Radios: ICOM M802 Operation

with Terry Sparks

October 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. $45

Register here.

High-Frequency Single Side band (HF SSB) is an excellent tool for anyone heading out of the United States or especially for off shore cruising. With HF SSB you can make long range radio calls, make marine phone calls, send and receive emails, get weather faxes, obtain Grib files, and even obtain Satellite pictures of the weather for your area. While an initial look at the M802 may seem complex when comparing the radio to a typical Marine VHF radio, this course will provide the basic tools and understanding of HF SSB and M802 operation such that it can become as easy to use as your Marine VHF radio. If you are planning international or offshore travel on your boat, you should attend this course.

Join us as we cover the following areas:

  • Icom IC M802 overview
  • Propagation & Tools
  • The Connections
  • Pactor Modems
  • Programming the M802
  • Operating the M802
  • Digital Selective Calling
  • Calls for Help
  • Making DSC Calls to Friends
  • Worldwide Group Numbers
  • Recommendations for Cruisers

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About Terry

After almost nine years of active duty at a Communications Station, aboard two Submarines, and a Satellite tracking and injection facility, Commander TL Sparks left active duty and joined the Naval Reserves. After active duty, Terry enrolled in a night program to attain a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering offered through Washington State University in Richland, WA. Terry Sailed his first boat over thirty years ago and was hooked at first sail. His years in the Navy where he learned Communications, Navigation, Radar, as well as the workings of the many systems involved in making sure that his two submarines both went into the deep and back to the surface clearly honed Terry’s skills for the cruising lifestyle.

After his retirement from the Navy and ABB in 2008, Terry and his wife went cruising on their sailing vessel Sunnyside. They continue to cruise in the Sea of Cortez and the Mexico Pacific coast.

After a couple of years of cruising, Terry started writing Made Simple for Cruiser books to help others get started living the dream, do it right and come home safely.

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All seminars are held at the NW Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology in Anacortes.

Address: 1606 R Ave. Anacortes, WA 98221

Take the R Avenue exit off of Highway 20. Proceed North for about 1 mile. The MTC will be on your right noted by the stainless steel sculpture of two joggers (across from The Market grocery store). Make the next right on Seafarers Way, then the next right into the parking lot for the MTC. There are restaurants and motels nearby.


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