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Re: satellite communication/internet acces & shortwave radio
Satellite internet access is very slow and outrageously expensive. Regardless of one's budget, it's considered pretty poor.
If you only want to communicate, I'm a big fan of the InReach satellite communicator. It only provides text messaging, but it will bluetooth connect to your cell phone and you can choose from a variety of plans, based on anticipated volume. Including an unlimited plan. It also has some weather capabilities, but I think they are nearly useless for any passage planning. Essentially, it's like a weather channel sound bite for where you are, not where you're going. These devices also provide online tracking for someon at home, which you can restrict with passwords.
If you want something more robust, then the IridiumGo seems to be among the most popular choices. It has integrated weather planning, voice calling and internet capabilitity. Again, the later is molassses in winter kind of slow and pricey. The last thing you would want to happen, is for your connected phone to try to automatically update it's software or apps, while satellite connected. The bill would be breathtaking.
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