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Old 09-21-2009
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Originally Posted by magnusmurphy View Post
Is #3 worth as a backup? Maybe when one considers the safety aspect, but then only when we venture further afield, like into the Pacific, not necessary in the Caribbean...
SSB w/ DSC is the way to go in my opinion. The "one-to-many" communication path of HF SSB is tremendously valuable in my opinion. There may well be someone else available close at hand that you can reach out to in an emergency, and who in fact can help avoid an emergency in a crisis. The "one-to-one" communication of a sat phone just doesn't measure up. YMMV.
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