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Re: ssb v.satphone ?who's the winner
There is also the option of a whip antenna for your SSB radio. I have an SSB transceiver, radio tuner and whip antenna that came with the boat. I believe the total package today would cost about 5K, labour not included. If I were outfitting a new boat I would certainly go for a sat phone over SSB. In my case I don't participate in radio chats or enjoy HAM/radio activities (I know many who do and derive great pleasure from their radios). I'd want a sat phone for emergency communication only. I've found that email on shore can be done in any internet café for reasonable prices and just about anywhere in the world. Also, a mobile phone with local chips and plans could be a good option for calling and emailing, depending on the local rates. I know in Brazil there are lots of promotions where you can get unlimited mobile internet access for about 25 cents a day, only paying for the days you actually use the service. Many mobile phones today can hold up to 4 chips, making it easy to keep your options open with regards to service providers.