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Offshore Comms Review 2015

SSB? Satphone? Go? SailMail?

How to stay connected offshore has challenged sailors for years. While the advance of technology has created many powerful and overlapping options, sorting through them can be a chore.

Marine electronics veteran Eric Steinberg of Farallon Electronics sorts it out for you. Ultimately, the decision will come down to what you want to spend your time and money on, but armed with the information in Eric's attached article, you'll be better equipped to make your choices.

Updated Satphone Tricks for Pacific Ocean Races

Updated Satphone Tricks  

	With a bit of planning before the race, you can use your Iridium satphone to get all of the data and weather information during the race that you could get using a broad(er)band Inmarsat Fleet Broadband terminal, e.g. Furuno FleetBroadband Satellite terminal or a KVH VSAT TracPhone. You can get the same data quickly and at much less expense without the weight, cost and power consumption of the broad(er) band equipment.

Is a SSB radio required?

Benefits of SSB

SSB: Some Simple Benefits

Aboard Cayenne, which has raced in four Pac Cups – and placed in two, we have a simple slogan that represents our hierarchy of values: “Safety, Friendship, Performance.”  As it turns out, when we are in or near first place, we are willing to swap the last two, but safety is always first.

The marine SSB we have on board is not only a race requirement, it fits into all three of these values.

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