EBS...I know the FCC has been going to drop the code requirement but was under the impression that this has not actually happened yet. Did they finally get around to doing it?
FLCapt...Note that while Winlink is free, you may not conduct any business over it. If you need e-mail for business purposes, then SSB
/Sailmail is the radio
I would note that I would NOT use SSB
/Sailmail again if going down island to the eastern caribe. I would use a Globalstar phone as:
1. A phone is 1/2 the price of a pactor modem AND serves as an emergency device as well.
2. Very affordable pricing plans exist for the US/Caribe which work out to about 24 cents a minute. This makes it the most affordable way to call home from the islands as well as an excellent way to receive data.
3. There are no propogation issues and the speed is much greater.
There is nothing wrong with Sailmail...we had both...and outside of the caribe Globalstar is NOT such a good deal. Just found that we didn't need both in the Eastern caribe. Would definitely go with SSB
or Ham for weather, security and comunication nets and Globalstar for voice, data and emergency needs were I to do it again.