Every few months I try to dive into a maritime related topic (e.g. shiphandling, icebreaking, ship finance, whatever) and learn as much possible. For the past few months the topic has been radio communications and this has lead me to test for my FCC Ham Radio License.
Thanks to new remote testing opportunities I passed the Technican and General parts of the test and have been issued the call sign K5HIP.
The Ham Radio Crash Course community online helped me through the process and has invited me to join their weekly podcast to discuss GMDSS and ship radio communications online (it will air live on June 13th)
Part of my homework is getting information about HAM radio operators working aboard ship.
So, if you are a HAM, please share your setup. Do you bring your own radio or use the ship’s equipment? What modes, frequencies, etc, do you use?
Also please share any information or stories you may have on operating as a HAM at sea.
P.S. Since everyone asks I’ll just say in advance that, I could not get the callsign g5hip because, as an american, the callsign has to start with an A, W, or K.