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Re: Iridium Go for Offshore Communications
I bought an Iridium Go this summer for the specific purpose of using it to download GRIB files.
I was not overly impressed with the Iridium Go as far as being able to connect to the satellite.
My system was to interface with an iPad to the Go. When the Gribs were downloaded I would transfer them from the iPad to my laptop which is used for navigation. This part of the system worked well, no issues iPad to Mac laptop, using the Grib files (which I had never used before) was helpful.
The problems I ran into were connecting with the Iridium Go. I never had a session where all the files (I would usually request 3 files - wind, wave and precip) would download on the first attempt. For whatever reason the Go would lose connection and I would have to reconnect to restart the download of files. It didn't seem to matter if it was a group request or if I requested single files. This certainly seemed to increase my "on air" time which increases my cost.
I am at 59 to 60N in latitude, perhaps that is part of the issue with connecting. Some of the time I was anchored in fjords which may have caused an issue with connection as well however once connected the Go would show full bars for connection strength.
I didn't have an external antenna, when using the Go I would set it under the dodger next to the companion way.
If it worked reliably I would keep it, but with the hassle of using it I plan to sell it and find another option to obtain Grib files.
Pacific Seacraft "Crealock" 37 #312
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