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With 41 years of sailing experience and working in electronics, I only support the equipment and software applications that I have tested in a marine/mobile environment.  I created an "HF Email Training Guide" (200+ full size pages), which I use in my training sessions for new ham and SSB users.   Practical information is covered--email, weather, setup, "net communications", and "advanced applications" that will allow you to use your SSB or HAM email equipment efficiently.  The "HF Email Training Guide" is included with my training services.  There are other smaller books that I may recommend that you purchase if you do not need reading/study material.

Once your radio and related equipment are installed, I will conduct a custom training session with you to cover the topics that you need to be an effective email user.  Many of my clients are newly licensed ham operators or new users to marine SSB radio.  The most effective way to learn is by hands on training on your equipment on your boat or mobile setup.  If I did not install your equipment, I will conduct a site survey and check radio for full operation before the training begins.  Obviously, if you radio has "issues/problems" then those problems must be corrected before the hands on training.  There is a lot of information in the "Technical Library" that can help you understand your installation.

If you are new user to SSB radios,  I will explain how to use your radio and the concepts of propagation.  New ham users will also find this information helpful.  Next, I will review the topics selected by you from the list below.  We will conduct a full hands on session covering each topic that you select using your laptop/desktop and your radio.  This list below is pretty extensive and a few of topics are quite advanced.  However, a typical training session (1 to 5 hours) will enable you to use the radio, determine which AirMail/SailMail station is within your radio "range", use voice communications with "Nets", send/receive email, request and receive weather information, and send position reports.  Advanced topics are covered at your discretion.  Computer training is covered as necessary with the training as the laptop or desktop is a major component of your system.  Here are just some of the topics you may want to receive training on:

SSB or ham radio "buttons and knobs" and what they control

Understanding of SSB marine bands and ham bands

What Icom Forgot To Tell You

Programming an Icom 700Pro or M-710 (only if you have one of these legacy radios)

Programming the Icom-M-802 & the Hidden Dial Mode

Propagation Fundamentals

ITU Channels, "Icom Confusing Channel Designations", and User Channels

HF Distress and Safety

U.S. Coast Guard Communication Stations and Procedures

Overview of the Airmail and Winlink Networks

Installing and Setting-Up the Software

Getting Connected Via Radio and using the propagation program to select a receiving station and frequency

Sending, Addressing Email, and Message Index

Recommended Operating Practices

Differences of AirMail and SailMail

Position Reporting Custom Message Formatting

SSB and HAM Radios and Weather Discussion

Checking AirMail/SailMail email and bulletins (weather, grib, etc) via the internet and radio

A Typical Bermuda Cruise with Airmail/SailMail --  Underway and Arrival

NOAA Weather Radio Frequencies and Receiving weather information via the radio

Weather from NOAA FTP Email and WX FAX using the radio and internet

Get Fax, View Fax, and Grib Files for Weather Information

Grib Files and Weather Text Bulletins

Common Nets Serving the US East Coast, Atlantic, and Caribbean

HF Digital Selective Calling

U.S. VHF Marine Radio Channels and Frequencies

Maritime Mobile Service Network

Waterway Radio and Cruising Club Net

Keyboard Commands in AirMail

Telnet Module or Internet Access

Mail Client

Mail Server

Auto Answer in AirMail