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Re: ssb v.satphone ?who's the winner
As someone ramping up for the big departure day, I keep bouncing back and forth on this question. I have not committed to either (or any) solution yet, although I must admit that I'm currently leaning to the HF option.
Here's how I'm balancing the question:
Sat. pros: Easy and somewhat cheaper to install (vs SSB), easy to use, direct communications (one-to-one), email, access to weather info via data downloads, portable, no license requirements.
Sat. cons: Significant operating costs, no access to cruisers' nets, no one-to-many communication, less durable (perhaps).
HF (SSB) pros: Small operating costs, access to cruisers' nets, one-to-one comms, one-to-many comms, weather info, data/email (pactor).
HF cons: Higher skill needed to use effectively, somewhat higher install costs (compared to sat.), no easy ship-to-shore comms, no shore-to-ship, not portable, licensing required.
As I say, I'm currently leaning to an SSB setup, but the biggest reason is due to the operating costs of satellite. Remove that impediment and I think I'd go sat.
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