SAR2401 said:Haven't used that radio but the 22 VHF channels is a neat idea. Looks it could be programmed for the 2 meter band or MURS. I don't know how difficult it is to program by hand but other Icom's I've owned haven't been easy. You can buy a programming cable and software for it but that adds about $90 to the total cost.
chrismoll said:you mean using a marine radio for land use? thought that was illegal? i'm missing somethig i know it
k9mel said:If you have a marine salvage business you can use your assigned frequencies. Also, if you are a licensed Amateur Radio Operator you can use the ham bands on water stating either marine mobile or marine portable ofter call sign. The problem lies within the radio manufacturer's and marine radio techs that do not fully comprehend the laws. Basically it works one way not the other. It is a very fine line that even I do not fully understand.
chrismoll said:some marines 25 watt radios can be converted to other VHF freq? Sounds nice to me
This is what I was thinking of.Don,
Your recollection is correct...there are a number of restrictions on how the MultiUse Radio Service frequencies can be used. Chief among them is that you are limited to only two watts of transmitter output power on all five frequencies. Secondly, the three 151 MHz frequencies must use narrowband FM (the two 154 MHz freqs can be wideband, but it's not recommended).
Murs falls out pretty quick from the simple fact the radio after the nov 2002 date must be specific built for murs. You also have the narrow/wide and power level issues to also content with.This looks interesting.
I would have to wade through the rules first, but I may get one of these and put it on two meters.
I am not so sure about MURS, as I seem to recall some restriction on that in Part 95.
I could just put in the two wide channels at 1 watt, but the certification issue is a show stopper.Murs falls out pretty quick from the simple fact the radio after the nov 2002 date must be specific built for murs. You also have the narrow/wide and power level issues to also content with.
I am requesting the same information. I read through all the responses here and only two of them were relevant responses. I recently bought two Icom IC-M88 VHF radios with intentions of using them off-shore. The box said 22 programmable land use channels but of course this is something extra. On icom's site it says "*Appropriate license will be required" under 22 programmable channels for land use section.Anyone here use the 22 free channels for land use? Also, is it hard to program with the software?