Originally Posted by camaraderie
... I guess the real question is why you want the SSB. If it is just for the crossing then perhaps a simple receiver will suffice to listen to Herb along with the Tracphone? I think you can rent portable Iridium/Globalstar phones as backup.
Yes, you are right. Generally, I like redundancies in case of failure. So..
The plan was to have a Tracphone (permanently installed) for best coverage and rent a portable sat-phone for emergency use, should the primary fail. (No SSB) The TracPhone will allow internet access for weather as well. (I beleive that even as slow as the bit rate is on the Tracphone 252, max 9600, it's still faster than a SSB/modem)
So the purpose of the SSB was only for emergency and really only for this trip.
In the case of emergency, with a Sat Phone we can call the Coast Guard, possibly hundreds of miles away, but there is no way to send a radio call to ships in the area. The Coad Guard could then try to find a ship nearby and maybe
, that ship could raise us on the VHF. It just seems with a SSB, finding help in the area is a better possibility.
Or maybe I'm overthinking this and we should just go with the 2 sat-phone idea.