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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

karkauai
 

Great info, thanks to all.  Communications options are growing so fast it's hard to keep up.  My old Iridium phone needs to be replaced and the new ones with wifi hotspot sound like the way to go.
I'll get a wifi booster for use when on the hook. I'll contact Bob at IslandTime and look at Blackberry Worldwide, too.
I've used passageweather.com for my grib files when at sea.  Is there something else easier or better that's not too expensive for weather forecasting?  I've also used Chris Parker a few times for weather routing on the way South from the Chesapeake, but seems like passageweather.com is pretty close to what he has recommended.
Thanks again to all for sharing your experience.
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Feb 15, 2014, at 2:21 PM, "Mark Erdos" <mcerdos@...> wrote:

 

I mounted my antenna to the cross bar on the back stays. Bob said not to mount it too high as it has no view downward. He provides enough cable to put the router at the nav station: http://www.creampuff.us/2013/11/geeky-stuff-part-one/

 

Bob also has 24v routers (with USB ports) and POE devices. If you tell him you want a set up like Cream Puff – he knows me. I also purchased my ships computer from him. Of course, Bill turned me on to him J

 

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

SM2K #275

www.creampuff.us

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Kent Robertson
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 2:12 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent

 

 


From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

 

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

 

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

 

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

 

Bill

BeBe, 387

 

On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.

Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.

I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.

Kent

SM243

Kristy

Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?

                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane

        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Patrick McAneny
 

I am thinking Skype may be a good way to say in touch. The Skype website they showed their hotspots in the Caribbean , they were limited ,showed no hotspots south of Antiqua . Can someone confirm that one can connect to Skype further south down to Grenada ? Has Skype proved to be a reliable means to communicate back to the states? Has, as Trevor mentioned, the unintentional downloading of updates been a problem ?
                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks, Pat SM #123                           

-----Original Message-----
From: seafeverofcuan
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 5:54 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Another Fleet Broad band user.
FACTS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW
A Skype app. is lethal for downloading updates without you knowing until you get your bill.
All and I mean ALL apps. and programs must be switched off before you connect to the internet otherwise your PC will download every update it can find out there and you have no way of knowing until the bill arrives.

I find it works much better and cleaner with a Mac Book Pro logging on to a dedicated closed email address with Mailasail.co.uk. That way there is no roaming for updates from other internet sites.

The Sat phone charges commence the moment you start to key in a phone number NOT when the call connects.

 Downloading large data files (e.g. manuals, instructions ) while at se a can be a very costly business $1k plus! if the connection drops out - how do I know this?

It works very very well but is prohibitively costly and I always pull the jack plug out of the Mac when not in use.
For weather charting and routing,all sites, it is simply fantastic.
I still haven't sailed into a dead zone and always have had coverage.
Excellent for safety I have used it to relay piracy from The African coast to UK navy in minutes.

In saying all that Blackberry world roaming $100 per year wins every time for solid land based communication at affordable and reliable rates.

Knowing what I know now I would never have installed Fleet as the running costs never came close to what I was lead to believe, it is just too expensive.
Average annual billing using Fleet including some business use $10 to 14k over a three year period.
At least forty per cent of this was data i.e. updates I didn't know about or want.

The most stable PC platform for Fleet has been Windows XP3.

I would choose my hand held Iridium over Fleet simply because you know what the bill is going to be and you can call anytime from your Sat. phone to get the balance.
The Satellite dish is mounted on the port side pushpit rail with a stabilizing bracket and has been a success.

Fair Winds,
Trevor lusty
Seafever





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

JEFFREY KRAUS
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Another Fleet Broad band user.
FACTS YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW
A Skype app. is lethal for downloading updates without you knowing until you get your bill.
All and I mean ALL apps. and programs must be switched off before you connect to the internet otherwise your PC will download every update it can find out there and you have no way of knowing until the bill arrives.

I find it works much better and cleaner with a Mac Book Pro logging on to a dedicated closed email address with Mailasail.co.uk. That way there is no roaming for updates from other internet sites.

The Sat phone charges commence the moment you start to key in a phone number NOT when the call connects.

 Downloading large data files (e.g. manuals, instructions ) while at sea can be a very costly business $1k plus! if the connection drops out - how do I know this?

It works very very well but is prohibitively costly and I always pull the jack plug out of the Mac when not in use.
For weather charting and routing,all sites, it is simply fantastic.
I still haven't sailed into a dead zone and always have had coverage.
Excellent for safety I have used it to relay piracy from The African coast to UK navy in minutes.

In saying all that Blackberry world roaming $100 per year wins every time for solid land based communication at affordable and reliable rates.

Knowing what I know now I would never have installed Fleet as the running costs never came close to what I was lead to believe, it is just too expensive.
Average annual billing using Fleet including some business use $10 to 14k over a three year period.
At least forty per cent of this was data i.e. updates I didn't know about or want.

The most stable PC platform for Fleet has been Windows XP3.

I would choose my hand held Iridium over Fleet simply because you know what the bill is going to be and you can call anytime from your Sat. phone to get the balance.
The Satellite dish is mounted on the port side pushpit rail with a stabilizing bracket and has been a success.

Fair Winds,
Trevor lusty
Seafever





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Halidun Karagoz
 

hi lior,
i'm using inmarsat / thrane&thrane fleet broadband 250. i've used it around the world flawlessly both for voice and data communication. although it is somewhat expensive, i think its worth it, especially if you are to sail to remote places.
cheers,

haldun

s/v amanin
am54 no 164
currently on passage from cabo verde to la palma


On Saturday, February 15, 2014 7:53 PM, Lior wrote:

 
hello everybody

you are compering the globalstar with iridium. can anyone give also a feedback about the inmarsat phones? it costs about 1$/min and has a large coverage (that what i heard). does anyone has expirience with inmarsat phones?

thanks
lior



‫ב-15 בפבר 2014, בשעה 16:02, ‏"Bill & Judy Rouse" <yahoogroups@...> כתב/ה:‬

 
Pat,
I gave away our GlobalStar equipment because the satellites were too unreliable.  Spot is GlobalStar.  So that leaves Iridium or local cell and/or local wifi.
It has been 6 years since we have been in the Caribbean.  GlobalStar says they have new satellites, but they lied to all their users so much 6 years ago,  I will never trust them.
You also need to remember that, for the most part, all sat phones are designed to be one way calling. The generally are not designed to carry in your pocket or set on a table inside the boat so that your daughters can reach you by text or call.
I would try local wifi/skype and/or local cell. You may have to get new SIMs at each island, but you'll be going ashore anyway. Then if that doesn't work for you, GMPCS in FL can ship you an iridium phone to any island.
What about BlackBerry worldwide service. I would check into that as well.
CW Bill Rouse
sent from my tablet
On Feb 15, 2014 4:34 PM, <sailw32@...> wrote:
 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
         &nb sp;                                                                                         SM Shenanigans



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Kent,

I mounted the antenna on the port aft corner on the rail near the GPS antenna. I have been told that WifI is not line of sight so height is not important.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent



From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans





Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

JEFFREY KRAUS
 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Tricolor and Anchor light not working...

karkauai
 

I've had a similar recurrent problem with my tricolor/anchor lite since I bought the boat 5 years ago.  I replaced the old fixture with an LED fixture.  It quit working on the first passage.  I replaced that unit with another one (the company sent me a new one at no charge) which also failed after a month or so.  I switched to another company's LED fixture and ran new wires up the mast which worked for a few months, but it, too, has failed.  I've put a voltage conditioner between the 24 volt panel and the bottom of the mast which keeps the voltage from dropping or spiking. Thank goodness for the nav lights at the bow and stern, since my tricolor hasn't worked but maybe 10% of the time I've owned the boat.  I hope someone else has a solution.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA 


From: Alexandre Uster von Baar
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Tricolor and Anchor light not working...

 

During my crossing from Kemah, Texas to Key West, Florida, I noted my Tri-color (nav light) stop working.
I didn't know my anchor light also stop working.

Today, I climb the mast (first time for me) changed it (for one I tried in the Lazarette and was working) and... still not working.
So I wonder if the SM2K had a cable which is known to get disconnected somewhere...

Thanks in advance!

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Brown's Marina, Binini, Bahamas



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Tricolor and Anchor light not working...

karkauai
 

I've had a similar recurrent problem with my tricolor/anchor lite since I bought the boat 5 years ago.  I replaced the old fixture with an LED fixture.  It quit working on the first passage.  I replaced that unit with another one (the company sent me a new one at no charge) which also failed after a month or so.  I switched to another company's LED fixture and ran new wires up the mast which worked for a few months, but it, too, has failed.  I've put a voltage conditioner between the 24 volt panel and the bottom of the mast which keeps the voltage from dropping or spiking. Thank goodness for the nav lights at the bow and stern, since my tricolor hasn't worked but maybe 10% of the time I've owned the boat.  I hope someone else has a solution.
Kent
SM 243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA 


From: Alexandre Uster von Baar
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:37 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Tricolor and Anchor light not working...

 

During my crossing from Kemah, Texas to Key West, Florida, I noted my Tri-color (nav light) stop working.
I didn't know my anchor light also stop working.

Today, I climb the mast (first time for me) changed it (for one I tried in the Lazarette and was working) and... still not working.
So I wonder if the SM2K had a cable which is known to get disconnected somewhere...

Thanks in advance!

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Brown's Marina, Binini, Bahamas



Tricolor and Anchor light not working...

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

During my crossing from Kemah, Texas to Key West, Florida, I noted my Tri-color (nav light) stop working.
I didn't know my anchor light also stop working.

Today, I climb the mast (first time for me) changed it (for one I tried in the Lazarette and was working) and... still not working.
So I wonder if the SM2K had a cable which is known to get disconnected somewhere...

Thanks in advance!

Sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Brown's Marina, Binini, Bahamas


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Alexandre Uster von Baar
 

Hello Lior,

I do have an Inmarsat, I have the Mini-M which end of life is expected in 2015 or 2016.
The quality is great, but the cost is very high. I paid $2.83/min.
Since I was NOT HAPPY with my provider (Global Satellite) "Fake" Florida company really located in Moroco (they were calling me from skype?!?) I am looking for a new provider. But regardless the quality was excellent and the coverage is world wide. So if you are only in the Caribbean, I would say overkilled. The previous owner of my boat, used to cross the Atlantic, etc.

Hope that helps, sincerely, Alexandre
SM2K #289 NIKIMAT
Brown's Marina, North Bimini, The Bahamas


--------------------------------------------

On Sat, 2/15/14, Lior <lior246@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014, 1:53 PM
















 









hello
everybody
you are
compering the globalstar with iridium. can anyone give also
a feedback about the inmarsat phones? it costs about 1$/min
and has a large coverage (that what i heard). does anyone
has expirience with inmarsat phones?
thankslior


‫ב-15 בפבר 2014, בשעה 16:02, ‏"Bill &
Judy Rouse" <yahoogroups@...>
כתב/ה:‬
















 






Pat,
I gave away our GlobalStar equipment because
the satellites were too unreliable.  Spot is
GlobalStar.  So that leaves Iridium or local cell
and/or local wifi.
It has been 6 years since we have been in the
Caribbean.  GlobalStar says they have new satellites,
but they lied to all their users so much 6 years ago, 
I will never trust them.
You also need to remember that, for the most
part, all sat phones are designed to be one way calling. The
generally are not designed to carry in your pocket or set on
a table inside the boat so that your daughters can reach you
by text or call.

I would try local wifi/skype and/or local cell.
You may have to get new SIMs at each island, but you'll
be going ashore anyway. Then if that doesn't work for
you, GMPCS in FL can ship you an iridium phone to any
island.

What about BlackBerry worldwide service. I
would check into that as well.
CW Bill Rouse

sent from my tablet
On Feb 15, 2014 4:34
PM, <sailw32@...>
wrote:
















 









We will be heading to the Caribbean next
fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost
daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would
seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and
affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else
may be available ?
                                                                                                  
Thanks ,Pat &
Diane         &nb
sp;                                                                                        
SM Shenanigans


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Ann-Sofie Svanberg <kanalmamman@...>
 

Don't put money on a satellite phone if your just going to sail in the caribbean. It is a high initial cost and the calls are not cheap, Texts are free if you recieve them (iridium no one else, Inmarsat has no free texts at all).
By a good WiFi antenna like The Wirie (www.thewirie.com) and use Facetime or Skype. With Skype you can send messages, make calls and have videocalls. I think Facetime has the same.

You can use both on a smartphone, a iPad or similar or your computer.

The WiFi nets here is so good and so inexpensive so we don't use our sat phone to make calls to Sweden any more and we don't by internet access from Digicel or LIME or similar either.

/Annsofie
Lady Annila SM 232,  in Grenada.

Skickat från min iPad

15 feb 2014 kl. 12:45 skrev "Bill & Judy Rouse" <yahoogroups@...>:

 

Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 

Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?

                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane

        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Sat phone ANTENTA

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Yes I was referring to the Iridium
Sat phone set up we used it for email, weather fax and voice.  It was by far better the playing with the SSB during crossing the Atlantic. As well as being by far faster. 

Regards 
Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Feb 15, 2014, at 16:39, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

You're talking about Satphone antenna aren't you Richard?  I was asking about wifi boost antenna.  All part of the same discussion about communications but underscores the need to make sure the Subject heading matches the subject.


On Feb 15, 2014, at 3:42 PM, Richard03801 <richard03801@...> wrote:

 

We placed our ant on the starboard rail. Clear view of the sky min motion. Worked great. 

Regards 
Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Feb 15, 2014, at 14:11, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent



From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] WiFi Booster

karkauai
 

You're talking about Satphone antenna aren't you Richard?  I was asking about wifi boost antenna.  All part of the same discussion about communications but underscores the need to make sure the Subject heading matches the subject.


On Feb 15, 2014, at 3:42 PM, Richard03801 <richard03801@...> wrote:

 

We placed our ant on the starboard rail. Clear view of the sky min motion. Worked great. 

Regards 
Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Feb 15, 2014, at 14:11, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent



From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans




Re: Turkish marina, Santorin SSB grounding and Santorin holding tank

Herbert Lackner
 

Hi Ian,

could not find anything in the archives, we plan to install the tank in the front head, pictures would be great! 

 Thanks,

 herbert

Kali Mera, SN120, Sukosan


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Patrick McAneny
 

Bill, I will call Bob and order the wifi booster. I really wished I had a better understanding of all this tech stuff.  I will take his advice on what I need.Thanks ,Pat


-----Original Message-----
From: Bill & Judy Rouse
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 11:45 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

We placed our ant on the starboard rail. Clear view of the sky min motion. Worked great. 

Regards 
Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Feb 15, 2014, at 14:11, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent



From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Lior <lior246@...>
 

hello everybody

you are compering the globalstar with iridium. can anyone give also a feedback about the inmarsat phones? it costs about 1$/min and has a large coverage (that what i heard). does anyone has expirience with inmarsat phones?

thanks
lior



‫ב-15 בפבר 2014, בשעה 16:02, ‏"Bill & Judy Rouse" <yahoogroups@...> כתב/ה:‬

 

Pat,

I gave away our GlobalStar equipment because the satellites were too unreliable.  Spot is GlobalStar.  So that leaves Iridium or local cell and/or local wifi.

It has been 6 years since we have been in the Caribbean.  GlobalStar says they have new satellites, but they lied to all their users so much 6 years ago,  I will never trust them.

You also need to remember that, for the most part, all sat phones are designed to be one way calling. The generally are not designed to carry in your pocket or set on a table inside the boat so that your daughters can reach you by text or call.

I would try local wifi/skype and/or local cell. You may have to get new SIMs at each island, but you'll be going ashore anyway. Then if that doesn't work for you, GMPCS in FL can ship you an iridium phone to any island.

What about BlackBerry worldwide service. I would check into that as well.

CW Bill Rouse
sent from my tablet

On Feb 15, 2014 4:34 PM, <sailw32@...> wrote:
 

We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?

                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane

         &nb sp;                                                                                         SM Shenanigans


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Mark Erdos
 

I mounted my antenna to the cross bar on the back stays. Bob said not to mount it too high as it has no view downward. He provides enough cable to put the router at the nav station: http://www.creampuff.us/2013/11/geeky-stuff-part-one/

 

Bob also has 24v routers (with USB ports) and POE devices. If you tell him you want a set up like Cream Puff – he knows me. I also purchased my ships computer from him. Of course, Bill turned me on to him J

 

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

SM2K #275

www.creampuff.us

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Kent Robertson
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 2:12 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent

 

 


From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..." <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

 

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

 

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

 

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

 

Bill

BeBe, 387

 

On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:

 

Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.

Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.

I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.

Kent

SM243

Kristy

Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?

                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane

        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

karkauai
 

Bill and Pat, Did you mount your antenna at the top of the mast?  If not where?  If so, any problem with that installation?
Thanks,
Kent



From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: "amelyachtowners@..."
Sent: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:45 AM
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Every time I recommend IslandTimePC for wifi, I get a thank you from the person I am making the recommendation to.

If you want the best WiFi booster/router and enable all of your devices to connect through a router to wifi, email Bob Stewart at rstewart"at"islandtimepc.com.

Bob is an ex-cruiser who builds wifi systems for cruisers and also builds 12 and 24 volt PC computers. He is a good guy, prices are right and you will get something that is truly plug and play because before Bob ships it, he connects it, makes all of the settings and sends you complete understandable directions.

When you contact him, ask him about the router that takes a USB dongle...this is something fairly new. You should be able to use the router you get from Bob to deliver via wifi internet to all of your devices onboard...but also when you want deliver internet via a cell phone SIM card USB Dongle to all of your devices. Tell him I told you to ask for this...he will know what you are talking about.

Bill
BeBe, 387


On Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:20 PM, Kent Robertson <karkauai@...> wrote:
 
Do you have SSB?  That's the cheapest way to communicate, but it can be less than ideal connection.  Iridium phone serves most of my needs when offshore.  Cell phone from US can be more expensive than SatPhone.  Local cell phone okay for local use, but may have to get new contract for each island (country) you visit.  If you can get internet access skype is cheap and excellent connection.  The new SPOT allows you to change message on the fly, but only good for transmitting.
Sooo...I've found that emailing via Iridium is my choice for staying in touch while at sea.  Keep phone calls short and she can satisfy that need to hear a voice.  Try to use Skype when possible and Iridium when you don't have internet access.  If you're going to be at a single island for a month or more it's probably worth getting a local phone for local calls and texting.
I'm going to add a WiFi booster before I head South aga in.
Kent
SM243
Kristy
Brunswick GA USA


On Feb 15, 2014, at 9:34 AM, <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
We will be heading to the Caribbean next fall and my wife will want to text our daughters almost daily and speak to them every week or so. I thought I would seek advice from the group as to what is both reliable and affordable. Spot Global, Iridium , Global Star or what else may be available ?
                                                                                                   Thanks ,Pat & Diane
        &nbsp ;                                                                                          SM Shenanigans