Noticed this on one of the sailing forums I read: "Most marine SSB radio's handle Ham frequencies fine. You just need the Ham license to legally use them. In the US, the general license is not tough to get, as all the questions are available for review. ---End Quote--- That is how I did mine! I kept taking practice quiz, over and over, ... and over ..., until I could do them in my sleep (even though I didn't understand a great deal of it... still don't). But I passed and got my General certificate about 3 years ago. I took mine here: https://www.eham.net/exams/. W3A**." I know this subject has been discussed previously but thought the above quote nicely describes the state in which we find ourselves.