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satellite communication/internet acces & shortwave radio

I need a satellite communication/internet access system.
Additionally I consider to get a shortwave radio.

I am interested in getting hints on reliable good devices and what experiences were made.

Thanks in advance for your answers!
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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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@Minnewaska - Thanks for your reply. With this first information I can start searching for more information.

I hope I will get some more replies here.
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I need a satellite communication/internet access system.
Additionally I consider to get a shortwave radio.

I am interested in getting hints on reliable good devices and what experiences were made.

Thanks in advance for your answers!
You need to be more specific [for yourself] about what you need to accomplish with sat comms.

If you truly need to browse the internet [vs. upload/download files...] you will need a small dome to get usable bandwidth. [e.g., Iridium Redport] We find it more cost effective to wait until we have cellular data or WiFi access for internet browsing- but that is our choice to keep the comms budget under control.

If, like us and many others, you wish to have email, automated file fetching, weather product access, SMS, reliable emergency voice comms, etc.- but don't truly need to randomly browse the internet- you can get by with either a sat phone, Iridium GO! hot spot, or the like with a 3rd party service for optimizing bandwith [We use UUplus.]

If you want to learn about our choices and the details why, we maintain a page on this topic for our own benefit and to we share with others. [It contains many links to other resources as well.]

Best wishes finding what is best for your needs.

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Re: satellite communication/internet acces & shortwave radio

@wrwakefield

Thanks for your very interesting reply and the link to your page.

Being more specific especially to myself is correct. I could not yet be more specific because I don't know yet enough to be more specific.

This reminds me to a statement of professor lecturing linear algebra: "If can't ask questions, you don't understand enough".

I will now look into your the related site at your homepage.
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Re: satellite communication/internet acces & shortwave radio

"I could not yet be more specific because I don't know yet enough to be more specific."
Sure you can. Either you already know what you NEED the comms for, or you don't. If you don't know what you need them for...there can be no good suggestions.
If you know what you need them for (NEED not "might want") then folks can tell you what equipment is suitable, and what you're going to have to pay. If budget is a limit, then you'd better qualify that NEED up front as well.
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