Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Marine SSB is still the most cost effective communication for offshore passages and will probably remain so for some time. Satellite communication is far superior, but very expensive. Very very expensive.
To answer your question, I don't use it much. Truthfully, only for an annual long passage. However, this past year I got a Grib file reader for my iPad and was not more than 48 hrs from a 3G cell signal, so I relied exclusively on it.
It surprises me that there isn't better technology to integrate a modem with the SSB, such as an iPad app. I find downloading a Grib via SSB through a Pacor modem onto a laptop, then converting it into a readable file is WAY TOO COMPLICATED for the 21st century.
I need an app for that!! There should be a way to connect the iPad to the SSB, dial a freq and press a button. Seriously.
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