Email & Communication
Bill, a P.S. of sorts...
Take a look at www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/12/07/6/?nc=1
Much of the jargon may be unfamiliar to you but this news means that future cruising boats with normal/typical laptops aboard will not need a TNC in order to use Winlink via their SSB. This is going to be VERY good news for a lot of future cruising sailors, since many crews end up bringing along a laptop and already install a SSB if heading offshore. Adding a proper antenna and rf ground plane plus a few extra rf chokes (a few hundred dollars) is all that would be required for normal Pactor HF capability.
I just heard about this at the SSCA BB...