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Thread: SSB radio - thing of the past?
04-08-11, 20:41 #21If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
06-11-11, 12:49 #22
Nets - listen in as above.
For Atlantic crossing I bought a used satphone on ebay $200. Monthly sub $19. When I wanted a forecast for S Atlantic areas I phoned my Dad and he read one off the web every couple of days. OK, I spent a few £ on airtime costs over that period, but I wouldn't have called it expensive in the context.
I've dithered about SSB, but kept away, as other solutions give me what I need (so far). I've got more than enough tech to look after already. Trying to KISS. Windvane next!
06-11-11, 14:03 #23
I am currently having a VHF system installed in a remote location to extend the range of handhelds and base stations. The service provider has offered us an additional service that uses the VHF as a telephone type system with communication between the VHF radios and telephones.Having time is unavoidable.
06-11-11, 14:19 #24Registered User
Location : Heading back to Greece
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- Jul 2009
Don't get confused between smartphone and sat phone. A smartphone is essentailly an uprated mobiles phone and will only work in sight of a mobile phone system. A satphone uses communications sattelites and will work jsut about anywhere!
06-11-11, 14:23 #25
06-11-11, 15:55 #26Registered User
Location : Back in UK
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- Jul 2006
>Forecasts and weather faxes - you only need an HF receiver. I have a Target HF. £200, no courses or costs. Nets - listen in as above.
I agree but with just a receiver you can't join in all the chat whether on an ocean net or a local net. It's good fun.
06-11-11, 16:05 #27
When I do long distance, I rent an Iridium phone for the duration. Has always been great.
Added advantage is you dont have to listen to all that stuff on cruiser nets!
06-11-11, 16:50 #28
I switched to satphone 3 years ago. It does everything I used the SSB for, plus now I can actually hear the person I am talking to.
Mind you I miss the great cruiser net repartee: "Crackle crackle you're not readable crackle can anyone relay?"
SSB's will soon go the way of sextants.
Last edited by AndrewB; 06-11-11 at 16:55.
06-11-11, 18:55 #29
07-11-11, 10:50 #30Guest
Location : London
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- Jan 2004
Off topic question since some peeps here might know - Can you make a call on a sat phone to an emergancy number from a sat phone with no sim card in it? I probably wouldn't get much on ebay for the old motorola i have onboard so if you can still speak to an emergancy number I might as well keep the hold of it.
I've done offshore with a sat phone and going the other way to ham now, can't afford sat.