We had our Radio Operators class aboard last week to inspect and test the installation of our Icom 802 radio. Jay went up the mast to inspect and seal the antenna connection and our class inspected and tested the foil and cable installation. After a little troubleshooting we were able to make contact with a net.
The SSB radio will allow us to have daily contact home while we are at sea and will provide a way for us to send and receive text emails and weather information as well as a way for you to contact us in the event of an emergency. It is a very important piece of equipment aboard Malachi.
The other boats around us cause a lot of interference with our radio, so we will have to practice away from the club. We are looking forward to practicing speaking on the radio as well as listening, which can be quite challenging at times.
NOTE: It it not advisable to take a flash photo of an electrician while he is working :) Sorry Ron!