Members' Online Book: Weather Reception and Analysis, Chapter 13 of 15

HF SSB Radio or Iridium Satellite Phone?


So far in this Online Book I have written about what weather information to get and what to do with it once you have it. In this chapter I’m going to look at the two main hardware options, when offshore or in remote places, for receiving that information as well as other communication needs. Or, to cut to the chase:

Should an offshore voyager fit a marine single sideband radio (SSB) or an Iridium phone with data kit, or even both?

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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