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Old 08-23-2012
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Re: SSB vs sat phone for weather reports

On the last trip from Annapolis to St. Martin I loved using the SSB rather than having to get gribs via satphone. There are excellent paid-for weather routing services (Chris Parker at Marine Weather Center - Bahamas & Caribbean Marine Weather Services for example) and also excellent free services (Herb's Southbound II at South Bound II VAX498 - Ship routing and weather forecasting) plus numerous other sources.
My Iridium has trouble getting more than 4800 throughput, and at just over $1 per minute with regular broken connections and lengthy sync times it can take quite a while to get electronic weather by that means.
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