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If you have wifi, this may be useful.

http://www.wxtide32.com/download.html

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Thanks for the unsolicited testimonial, I think.(g) You're great, man.
Sat phone. I agree on the cost being ungodly, especially voice. Data could be justifiable. I had not heard, nor have I experienced, spotty coverage. Areas? I will say this for them, the voice reception is phenomenal. It's like calling your bedroom from the kitchen, without the phone company switching station, except you're talking to an operator in NY from the Indian Ocean. Landlines don't compare.
I've spoken to people who use Globalstar, which is good but limited to the Western Hemisphere, and not a whole lot of that, I believe. Iridium is good most places, but you pay the price.

I will really have to suss this out. In two years, if even Africa has WiFi (and a lot of places are skipping land line network upgrades entirely in favour of cell towers and WiFi), I may just skip the damn phone and go SSB/Pactor, because I know there's going to be several hundred "operators" interested in re-routing my call for free (after I spend three grand in SSB, antenna tuner and modem, that is.)
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I've been reading logs from a cruiser in the Carib. He gets wifi at all the ports he stops at...for a fee most of the time. When wifi first came around there were plenty of free spots but most of them have been secured and pay sites have popped up. $10/day adds up. I'm not complaining per se, just clarifying via heresay!
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[...] just clarifying via heresay!
I love that line. It ranks up there with one of my other favorites - "I've already told you more than I know."

I remember reading something a while back about a scheme that would turn airliners into the equivalent of cell towers, but with a greater range. The idea was that connections would be bursty; basically you would have connectivity only while a plane was visible, but for really remote locations, that would be better than nothing especially for email or other things that could be batched up. It was held up while being tested to make sure it would not affect the airliners' systems, but the article I read said that interference issue is overblown; airliners have always been shielded heavily because the most critical operations - takeoff and landing - have always been in areas of intense interference on virtually every wave length. I haven't heard anything about it recently though. It could have been in Popular Science (the high tech equivalent of Weekly World News ) or something like that though.
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Also if you have wifi, to make phone calls.

http://us.accessories.skype.com/serv...S&SiteID=skype

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If you have wifi, this may be useful.

http://www.wxtide32.com/download.html


And if you don't have wifi access, next time you're near port try Tide Tool for the PalmOS by Walt Bilofsky. Uses the same NOAA data as wxTide... I've been using it for 8 or 9 years now...

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Thanks for the program link, very cool. Loaded it on my laptop and it works great.
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Anything to report on seaclear now that you've been running it for a bit? I tried it out briefly but I'm boatless & can't really put it through the paces.

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I have not been using SeaClear with a GPS, but I have downloaded all of my nearby caost from NOAA and been looking at routes and maps quite a bit. That you may have seen; it appears to be as good as any viewer at showing full detail (they all show the same thing; whatever NOAA has), gives you exact locations for any point and can find a point based on location. Given that, unless the USB connection to GPS has a problem, it should be fine; I can tell the functionality it needs is there and I assume it can get the current location from the GPS as easily as from the user. I posted about it on another board and got a response from someone who has been using it for a while with the GPS and is pleased with it.
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usb gps

If you are looking for a cheap gps input for your laptop, take a look at this...

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...ite=USB-UG-200

It's a usb plug-in 'hockey puck' gps with a decent length cable
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