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Old 06-12-2011
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3G broadband, aka WiMax, aka 4G may be good for around 10 miles offshore. At the typical power output and the typical gain characteristics of the antennas used, the radiated power over water will only get you around 10 miles, and at the outskirts of that coverage, you will have diminished bandwidth.

The only logical choice for anything extending over two days and for planning such a cruise is SSB and we-fax for weather reports via radio. Depending on your cell phone connection is prone to failure unless you are staying really close to shore to ensure coverage.
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