It is clearer because one: 5watts; two: no interference from the rightful users. Unless you get a land license to use it for it's intended purpose, it is illegal. That being said, look how many people use GMRS/FRS radios on the GMRS frequencies and don't think anything of it. There aren't enough consequences that will keep those who use radios not for intended or licensed usage to not continue.the reason they use the marine radios is because they are a lot clearer
Amen on keeping rule breakers out of ham radio!"I have tried to interest two of the guys in getting a Technician class ham license, but it has not taken hold yet."
I certainly hope it doesn't and the Amateur community in general would appreciate you not encourage those who deliberately violate the law to do the same on the Amateur bands. THINK! We have more than enough jug heads already and don't need any more thank you.
Oh don't be so disappointed Larry, if radio piracy isn't enough we can always send a few cut throats your way to sink your ship, steal your gold and do nasty things to your wife...... or you could visit Atlanta.
And if this wasn't bad enough, fishermen (particularly Japanese, Korean and some Latin Americans) have unlocked HF ham rigs and use them just long enough before the salt air and water starts their dirty work. They'll show up in the out of the way places on HF - rarely actually inside the ham or swbc bands.
There have been reports of this in the Utility DXers Forum (and previously the WUN) from time to time. It's a catch as catch can thing - very sporadic and difficult to find