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This course by US radio expert Terry Sparks covers the installation, setup and operation of the Icom M802 HF SSB radio, the industry standard for long distance radio communication at sea. Course includes an excellent reference book.

When: Saturday, January 10
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Where: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
1949 Marina Way
North Saanich, British Columbia  V8L 6B3
Presenter: Terry Sparks
Contact: Adam Wanczura

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Icom M802 HF Radio  -  Installation, Setup & Operation

Course Description:

The Icom M802 is the most commonly used HF long distance radio.  It can be used to broadcast and receive on SSB and ham frequencies for both voice and weather data communication.  As a cruiser, you need to know how to properly install and operate this radio to get the most out of it.

Learn from Icom M802 expert, experienced cruiser and author Terry Sparks.   This course is based on Terry’s excellent book entitled Icom IC-M802 Starting from Scratch.  It will cover installation, setup and operation of the radio.  The course includes the book for reference.  Items to be presented include:


·         Installation Challenges

·         The Connections

·         Testing the new installation

·         Pactor Modem Installation

·         Pactor Modem Setup

·         Programming the M802

·         Operating the M802

·         Digital Selective Calling

·         Calls for Help

·         Making DSC Calls to Friends

·         Recommendations for Prior to Heading South



Commander Terry Sparks started is US Naval career as an electronic technician repairing communications and radio equipment.  On active Navy duty, he stood watches and repaired navigation, radar and sonar equipment aboard submarines.  After leaving active Navy duty he attained a BSc in Electrical Engineering.  Terry is now a cruiser in Mexico and author of the many books in the Made Simple for Cruisers series.  See


Classroom style with extensive slides based on the photos and illustrations in Terry’s book.

Course Materials:

Registration includes Icom IC-M802 Starting from Scratch. This book is for anyone that is planning to buy and install an HF SSB radio on their boat.  It includes planning, licensing, buying, installing, setup, email, and testing.   This is the only book you need for the Icom IC M802 HF SSB radio to help you with the purchase, installation, and ultimate daily use this great radio.   This excellent book retails for US $49.95.  One book per student or per couple.

ICOM IC-M802 Special Purchase Opportunity!

We have arranged a special purchase opportunity in collaboration with Icom Canada and Waypoint Marine.  Attendees of this course will be eligible to purchase an Icom M802 and an Icom AT140 tuner for the excellent price of $2,120.  This price excludes tax.  Orders must be placed within a week of the seminar.  A deposit of $500 is required at the time of the order.  You will be able to order your radio at Waypoint immediately following the course.  You will learn all about the radio at the course AND now you can buy one at a great price and get on with the installation project!

Maximum Class Size:

24 students

If the course is full, please contact to be wait-listed 


Bluewater Cruising Members  -  $85 each, $125 per couple (includes one book)

Non-Members  -  $100 each, $145 per couple  (includes one book)


A fee of $15 will apply for processing a cancellation.

If you are arriving by ferry on Saturday morning as a foot passenger, and would like free transportation to the venue and back, register first, then email and include your cell number if you have one. 

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