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I''m getting ready to cast off for good, heading around South America Oct. 1 2005.
Thank you,thank you yes someone has to do this!
Well, my question is on the best way for e-mail and weather fax. I want to install a Ham Radio, but I don''t know what to or how to get set up for e-mail / weather. If some one could help! I also thought of S A T Phone, but again I don''t know that system.
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Well, your choices are Ham or SSB. Do you have time to pas the Ham requirements before you leave? If no, then you may want to go for SSB. Either way, you will need a modem...generally the Pactor upgraded to Pactor3 functionnality for e-mail and weather fax...and either Airmail or Sailmail software. Sailmail (ssb)requires an annual fee and the Pactor and cables will run about a grand. Check out sailmail.com for lots of info on setup and requirements. Also suggest you try farallon electronics for product and installation help...no conection but they were wonderful helping me with my set up. (http://www.farallon.us)
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Richard, you need to dig in and do some research from thoughtfully prepared sources vs. hoping BB postings will give you all the details. Itīs not a simple subject.

For starters consider readnig MARINE SSB RADIO A GUIDE FOR IDI YACHTS by Marti Brown. She wrote a seqeul that specifically addresses setting up a SSB radio for email.

Re: weather fax alone, you have a wide array of choices and can get this capability aboard your boat without an expensive SSB TRANSceiver (just use a suitable receiver) and some proprietary software.

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