Date   

Windshields and side windows Super Maramu

yahoogroups@...
 

We replaced the 4 pieces of Plexiglass with tinted Plexiglass. Really like it. It was a wonderful job duplicating the Amel pieces perfectly including the rubber gasket on the helm-side windshield.


Bill
BeBe, #387
Currently Fethiye, Turkey


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Patrick McAneny
 

Annsofie, I tried to goggle Cruiser WiFi , but coud not find it. What is the service provided ? Do you have a link to it?  Thanks ,Pat


-----Original Message-----
From: Ann-Sofie Svanberg
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 11:03 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Hi Patrik
We are at Grenada now, and can confirm that you have plenty of WiFi net to connect to.
In Antigua, you can buy access to hothothotspot, in Tobago you have free wifi fromboth Digicell and LIME and you can buy access to Cruisers WiFi. The last one works perfectly in Trinidad and Grenada as well. In Chaguaramas on Trinidad, every marina has wifi for their guests, some are free and some you have to pay for.
Here in Grenada, you have free internet on most marinas and restaurants if you don't want to use Cruisers WiFi. 
One month, with no limitations in use, with Criusers WiFi are 40 USD.

/Annsofie
S/Y Lady Annila, SM 232 at Carriacou

Skickat från min iPad

16 feb 2014 kl. 10:24 skrev "Patrick Mcaneny" <sailw32@...>:

 
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 <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

Patrick McAneny
 

Bill, Turns out we already had a Sykpe acc. set up about 8 years ago to speak with a friend/sailor in England. It worked then but not well, however we were on a dial up internet connection. Sykpe has probably made improvement also since then. We are going to get a number soon, when we do maybe we can Skype you, since we do not know anyone with sykpe. Diane showed me your new house, it looks really nice. I assume it must have been damaged by the hurricane and remodeled, very close to the coast, nice!   Pat

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
To: amelyachtowners
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 10:37 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
Pat,

Go ahead and get Skype now so that you can try it out and get used to it. We have the simplest plan where we prepay with a deposit of $10 and Skype automatically grabs another $10 when our account gets low. 

Skype has many plans, including assigning a phone number to your account with your choice of area code so that people can send you texts, call you, etc.

Bill
BeBe


On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Patrick Mcaneny <sailw32@...> wrote:
 
Bill & Kent, Thanks for the info, you answered my questions. I think we will primarily rely on Skype and get a wifi booster. Thanks Again, Pat


-----Original Message-----
From: Kent Robertson <karkauai@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 9:37 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 
You can use Skype for phone calls anytime you have internet access.  The problem, I think, is when you have your satphone on and hooked up to your laptop or touchpad via hardwire or wifi hotspot. That's when it downloads updates using your satphone data. If you are ashore or on the hook and connected to a commercial or free hotspot it's just like using Skype on your home wifi connection. So, yes, you can call with Skype from anywhere in the Caribbean that you can connect to the internet.
Kent


On Feb 16, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Patrick Mcaneny <sailw32@...> wrote:

 
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 ?
                                                                                                                                                                    T hanks, Pat SM #123                           
-----Original Message-----
From: seafeverofcuan <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] RE: Looking for 12 batteries AUSTRALIA

Giovanni TESTA
 


Hi to all ,
thanks so much for very appreciated infos and suggestions.
At the end, I found on the web batteries stores, so kind to answer me.
Considering that my first choice is AGM, for lower discharge when I am at home and others personal opinons/experiences ( now AMEL use AGM),
I'm choosing between: Deka 8A31DTM_105 or Century C12-120DA _Both fit very well in our batteries locker. Probably better Century for more A(+ 90).
Barry, I return on board next 15/20 April, I'll be very glad to met you.
Fair winds to all
Gianni&Marina
sv EUTIKIA SM 428
BUNDABERG Port Marina
AUS
 
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2014 7:33 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] RE: Looking for 12 batteries AUSTRALIA

 

How come you need 12, I can only fit 8 plus the engine battery. Up till now I have used Powersonic 12volt 110amp AGM batteries, available from their store in Yatla south Brisbane. There are other brands, one escapes me now but I did find they are available from Wynnum near Manly in Brisbane. If I cannot get down for a replacement, the batteries are available online, as long as you know what you want. I also found some suppliers with deliver for free or at very reasonable charges. TW3 is on the hard there at Bundy, we return next month, when will you be back yourself?

Barry and Robyn
Tradewinds III SM #171




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Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype/Satellite Phones

Bill & Judy Rouse <yahoogroups@...>
 

Eric,

We lose service on the Mini-M in September 2014. But it is only those sat phones. Inmarsat continues with its other products/services.

Bill
BeBe


On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM, <kimberlite@...> wrote:
 

Trevor,

Doesn't the Fleet Broadband use the Inmarsat constellation. I heard that my mini -m sat phone will be discontinued next year and the constellation

which also uses Inmarsat..

 

Did I hear incorrectly.

Fair winds,

Eric


 



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

kimberlite@...
 

Trevor,

Doesn't the Fleet Broadband use the Inmarsat constellation. I heard that my mini -m sat phone will be discontinued next year and the constellation

which also uses Inmarsat..

 

Did I hear incorrectly.

Fair winds,

Eric


 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Exactly that Mark. Looks like an original I phone, fits in your shirt or pants pocket, saves lugging a laptop around and if you lose it, it isn't the end of the world.
I found it to have much better sound quality for Skype calls than my PC.
Sorry for the lack of technical info. but I struggle with all types of IT.
Life on board took a massive upturn when I started using a Macbook with MacEnc navigational software.
Passage weather and ZY Grib weather files all overlay on Navionics charts and the Mac connected very easily to the Fleet Broadband and has been much easier and cleaner to connect up and use without erroneous downloads.
Trevor
.


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

Mark Erdos
 

Trevor,

 

iPod Touch? Like an iPhone without the phone part? A regular iPod will not connect to the internet.

 

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

SM2K #275

www.creampuff.us

 

 

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of seafeverofcuan@...
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 4:43 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: RE: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

 

 

Hi Mark,

           I understand how easy it is to confuse the two, but I mean iPod

I first did this in Brazil a few years ago before iPads were heard of.

Trevor


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Fwd: SAT-Phone

Richard03801 <richard03801@...>
 

Roughly 15. -24 miles. All things  being normal. 

Regards 
Richard Piller

Cell 603 767 5330

On Feb 16, 2014, at 12:14, Wolfgang Weber <webercardio@...> wrote:

 




Hello, I have a Fleetbroadband 150, working very well.
1. I changed my contract to prepaid, because I am only 2-3 months / year on the boat. Otherwise the rates are very high.
2. As the SAT-antenna is fixed, you may always be able to receive incoming calls.Every  automatic life-vest on our boat has a PLB - so I progammed the SAT -phonenumber in each one of them. By this way I hope to get LAT/LON of the PLB by the rescue center. I don´t think this would work with handheld SAT-phones in case of emergency.
3.to avoid unexpected and unwanted use of expensive airtime for data , I blocked updates  by the freeware  UPDATEFREEZER.
4.next time  I will no longer connect  SAT-phone and Laptop via LAN-cable ( I only connect  when look for data ) - I will install  a RedPort Wifi Optimizer ( working like a firewall to the SAT phone) and compress data by  SPEEDMAIL. I hope this will avoid unexpected airtimecosts.
5. For Wifi in the harbour I bought a BULLETM2 Airmax
6. SSB/ BLU  is good for my Ham-radio club, sailmail and keep in contact with other boats out of distance for VHF
 
Fair winds Wolfgang Weber  SY ELISE Amel 54 # 162


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Hi Kent,
           The iPod that I use for this is at least four years old. I am hopeless with this IT stuff so I walked into an Apple store and asked if this idea would work.
They said they had no idea but tried it out for me in the store so I bought the lead for an iPhone with the mike and it has been really useful ever since.
What hasn't been said in the recent postings about SSB and sat phones is that mid ocean you will get a direct connection with emergency services on a sat phone.
I am a big SSB fan but unfortunately nowadays it is not as well monitored for emergencies and we are very dependent on the international volunteers who stand watch on the emergency channel and the atmospheric conditions.
Regards,
Trevor




Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Hi Mark,
           I understand how easy it is to confuse the two, but I mean iPod
I first did this in Brazil a few years ago before iPads were heard of.
Trevor


Re: Skype

ericmeury@...
 

skype has an app for both the Iphone, Ipad, and Android.  As long as you have an internet connection via wifi (or you use a data plan) you can use skype on your phone.

You can use http://foxfi.com/  to turn your android phone into a hotspot so you can work on your laptop and have your phone be the internet connection.  without having to pay the extra fees.  If you are only going to use it a few times you will be fine, but if it becomes your primary internet you cell provider will figure it out. 


wifi booster on boats

ericmeury@...
 

On a previous thread somebody mentioned that antennas do not need line of site.  That is true if you have an omni directional antenna.  If you are the dock you may want to get a directional.  I'm actually looking at building my own
I will probably do this. 
http://trawler-beach-house.blogspot.com/2012/06/wifi-on-boat-part-3.html

this gives the advantage of setting it up with power over Ethernet so i can plug into a router on our boat and have multiple devices. 

or use the same components inside wirie here
http://www.amazon.com/ALFA-Network-AWUS036H-Wireless-802-11g/dp/B000WXSO76/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1392579397&sr=1-1&keywords=alfa
add the wirie ap component here. 

http://www.amazon.com/Alfa-R36-Repeater-Extender-AWUS036H/dp/B004ZF0I3U/ref=pd_bxgy_pc_img_y

    I haven't figured out the antenna option for this set up yet. 

or use this set up
1. antenna
    http://www.engeniustech.com/business-networking/accessories/340-outdoor-24ghz-8dbi-omni-antenna-with-n-female
  22 bucks from amazon....  maybe it will work with the components for the wirie
http://www.engeniustech.com/business-networking/accessories/340-outdoor-24ghz-8dbi-omni-antenna-with-n-female


2.  http://www.amazon.com/EnGenius-Network-EUB9603H-Adapter-150Mbps/dp/B003E8J998/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1392580000&sr=1-8&keywords=engenius+wifi  

in all three of these a simple waterproof case will work the waterproof connectors and silicone. 


Suggestion going the power over cat5 connection does not have a limit on the length of the cable as does a usb cable. 

Also make sure the usb cable is an active usb cable (2.0 is fine as the both the alfa and engenious are 2.0 usb connections. (3.0 are the usb with the blue plastic fyi)

I haven't fully decided but i like the idea of a portable one so i can take the unit with me.  Maybe use the components of the alpha that way if i need better internet connection in the marina office i can use that.



Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Danny and Yvonne SIMMS
 

Try an SSB with sail mail. Cheap, world wide coverage. When in port or near land (in range of a cellphone signal) a cellphone network  dongle plugged into your laptop gives full internet coverage at a reasonable cost.
Cheers
Danny
SM 299 Ocean Pearl
Mangonui
New Zealand

From: "seafeverofcuan@..."
To: amelyachtowners@...
Sent: Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:54 PM
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 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] Skype

Mark Erdos
 

I think he meant iPAD

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

SM2K #275

www.creampuff.us

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Kent Robertson
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 12:57 PM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Skype

 

 

Interesting, Trevor. I didn't know you could connect directly to the internet with an iPOD...guess it's another technology that has made my 5 y/o iPOD obsolete. Great idea!

Kent

SM243

Kristy


On Feb 16, 2014, at 12:05 PM, <seafeverofcuan@...> wrote:

 

Another tried and tested method of cheap communication

is when you open a Skype account,if you have an iPod get a pair of earphones with a mike as per an apple phone, download Skype to the iPod and when you go ashore and hook up to a wifi connection you will get around 45 minutes good quality phone connection.

The iPod in a little water proof bag has the advantages of less likely to attract attention from thieves, easier to carry and I found it to have better sound quality than my PC.

Trevor

Seafever 

 

 

 


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Mark Erdos
 

Just as an added FYI- a Google Number is free and works like Skype without the video aspect. You can call and text when a Wi-Fi connection is available. In addition, if someone calls your Google number, it will ring multiple phones you program into your account. (i.e. home, cell, office etc. will all ring at once)

Best regards,

 

Mark

 

SM2K #275

www.creampuff.us

 

 

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Bill & Judy Rouse
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 10:37 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

Pat,

 

Go ahead and get Skype now so that you can try it out and get used to it. We have the simplest plan where we prepay with a deposit of $10 and Skype automatically grabs another $10 when our account gets low. 

 

Skype has many plans, including assigning a phone number to your account with your choice of area code so that people can send you texts, call you, etc.

 

Bill

BeBe

 

On Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Patrick Mcaneny <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

Bill & Kent, Thanks for the info, you answered my questions. I think we will primarily rely on Skype and get a wifi booster. Thanks Again, Pat

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kent Robertson <karkauai@...>
To: amelyachtowners <amelyachtowners@...>

Sent: Sun, Feb 16, 2014 9:37 am
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

You can use Skype for phone calls anytime you have internet access.  The problem, I think, is when you have your satphone on and hooked up to your laptop or touchpad via hardwire or wifi hotspot. That's when it downloads updates using your satphone data. If you are ashore or on the hook and connected to a commercial or free hotspot it's just like using Skype on your home wifi connection. So, yes, you can call with Skype from anywhere in the Caribbean that you can connect to the internet.

Kent


On Feb 16, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Patrick Mcaneny <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

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 ?

                                                                                                                                                                    T hanks, Pat SM #123                           

-----Original Message-----
From: seafeverofcuan <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] Skype

karkauai
 

Interesting, Trevor. I didn't know you could connect directly to the internet with an iPOD...guess it's another technology that has made my 5 y/o iPOD obsolete. Great idea!
Kent
SM243
Kristy


On Feb 16, 2014, at 12:05 PM, <seafeverofcuan@...> wrote:

 

Another tried and tested method of cheap communication

is when you open a Skype account,if you have an iPod get a pair of earphones with a mike as per an apple phone, download Skype to the iPod and when you go ashore and hook up to a wifi connection you will get around 45 minutes good quality phone connection.
The iPod in a little water proof bag has the advantages of less likely to attract attention from thieves, easier to carry and I found it to have better sound quality than my PC.
Trevor
Seafever 




SAT-Phone

Wolfgang Weber <webercardio@...>
 




Hello, I have a Fleetbroadband 150, working very well.
1. I changed my contract to prepaid, because I am only 2-3 months / year on the boat. Otherwise the rates are very high.
2. As the SAT-antenna is fixed, you may always be able to receive incoming calls.Every  automatic life-vest on our boat has a PLB - so I progammed the SAT -phonenumber in each one of them. By this way I hope to get LAT/LON of the PLB by the rescue center. I don´t think this would work with handheld SAT-phones in case of emergency.
3.to avoid unexpected and unwanted use of expensive airtime for data , I blocked updates  by the freeware  UPDATEFREEZER.
4.next time  I will no longer connect  SAT-phone and Laptop via LAN-cable ( I only connect  when look for data ) - I will install  a RedPort Wifi Optimizer ( working like a firewall to the SAT phone) and compress data by  SPEEDMAIL. I hope this will avoid unexpected airtimecosts.
5. For Wifi in the harbour I bought a BULLETM2 Airmax
6. SSB/ BLU  is good for my Ham-radio club, sailmail and keep in contact with other boats out of distance for VHF
 
Fair winds Wolfgang Weber  SY ELISE Amel 54 # 162


Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

Duncan Hagemeyer
 

In the…for what it’s worth category….unless you are going into places that are so remote they don’t have cells, wifi’s or basic phones, or you have a few thousand dollars you want to toss overboard skip the sat phones.  I bought a state of the art Iridium (which is for sale, just email me and we can discuss).  Drove me nuts.   Dropped calls, etc.  Costs a ton just to say goodnight to loved ones.  Buy a personal location device that if you are in real trouble send a signal to thru the US Air force to your loved ones who will confirm that you might be in that location and in trouble.  They will then send out bona fide rescue personnel that may save your life. Not some local sheriff who might dispatch a boat to go look for you after receiving a satellite phone call.  Do spend the additional money and try to operate on local cell phone service.  All over the Caribbean we could connect with an island cell company way out to sea.

 

True story; two years ago I had a ACR spot device that floated and could be worn on one’s belt.  Off Barbuda one night late attempting to board a beached dinghy in big waves somehow I lost the device.  Noticed it was gone once back on board the boat.  The next morning we scouted the coastline beach and ‘no rescue device’.  About 3 months later my contact in the states got a call that I was in trouble.  She said he’s safe back home.  I called the Air Force in Colorado and talked with the representative.  In the discussion the story unfolded.  She told me the device signal that they picked up was 18 NM north of St. Martin.  That was about 75 miles from the coastline of Barbuda.  The device had apparently drifted that far over the many days and then the seal had leaked and set off the alarm.  Had I released the beacon antennal that night I would probably have been picked up by the Antigua coast guard.   NOTE; I had emailed the USAF from Antigua and attempted to notify that my device # was lost and I was safe.  That apparently fell thru a crack of the system.

 

From: amelyachtowners@... [mailto:amelyachtowners@...] On Behalf Of Kent Robertson
Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2014 8:37 AM
To: amelyachtowners@...
Subject: Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] sat phones

 

 

You can use Skype for phone calls anytime you have internet access.  The problem, I think, is when you have your satphone on and hooked up to your laptop or touchpad via hardwire or wifi hotspot. That's when it downloads updates using your satphone data. If you are ashore or on the hook and connected to a commercial or free hotspot it's just like using Skype on your home wifi connection. So, yes, you can call with Skype from anywhere in the Caribbean that you can connect to the internet.

Kent


On Feb 16, 2014, at 9:24 AM, Patrick Mcaneny <sailw32@...> wrote:

 

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 <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

 

 

 

 


Skype

seafeverofcuan@...
 

Another tried and tested method of cheap communication
is when you open a Skype account,if you have an iPod get a pair of earphones with a mike as per an apple phone, download Skype to the iPod and when you go ashore and hook up to a wifi connection you will get around 45 minutes good quality phone connection.
The iPod in a little water proof bag has the advantages of less likely to attract attention from thieves, easier to carry and I found it to have better sound quality than my PC.
Trevor
Seafever