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 Posted: Sun Sep 20th, 2009 03:36 pm
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Hi...my name is Rick
I plan on a sailboat trip around the world in the next few years.I will be also writing a book about my adventure. I will be bringing my computer with me and could use as much knowledge about this single side band that you have mentioned...how do you set this up...I am very computer literate but have limited knowledge about side band radios and how I would connect my computer to it. I need to be able to get onto the internet . I plan to bring my cell phone but will be doing most of my writing when out to sea. I would like to be able to get onto the net for email and other sailing aids.

You can email me direct to rkbprop@gmail.com

Thank you for your help
Rick B.

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Start here: http://www.sailmail.com/

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Suggest a "SPOT" would be excellent way to do that and works all over the world !

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Suggest a "SPOT" would be excellent way to do that and works all over the world ! - For sending All Okay message and location NOT email !

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http://gps.about.com/od/handheldgpsreceivers/fr/spot.htm

http://www.findmespot.com/en/index.php?cid=101

a few links to that. Sounds like an interesting service and the price is right. Far cheaper than an epirp or satellite beacon.

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I've had SPOT for a couple of years now, to replace the dead or dying 406 epirb. The battery eventually fails in these things (epirbs) and they cost a lot to replace. When I'm not cruising, I take the SPOT with me on roadtrips in case I get waylaid by banditos.

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What does it cost to subscribe to the service after you have purchased the unit? do you have an unlimited number of All is ok signals you can send?

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what is a "SPOT"

Ok I found out what SPOT is...this is not what I am looking for...I need to be able to send and receive messages to my family via email as well as to my publisher on the progress of my book. I would like to be able to get detailed weather reports also

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Annual subscription to SPOT is $99 basic - I use the tracking aspects as well so about $156 a year.  They have new unit out now which is even better than Gen 1 units.
I use for letting my better half know I am okay but will be late for dinner when I am on the boat in places with no radio or cell contact.

Note of caution - I ALWAYS carry current EPIRB on board - if you do be sure to check your registration with NOAA there have been some recent issues with wrong data in their system.

For me best part of SPOT is it sending my wife an email with location and "I'm Okay" if I wish it to - also can activate tracking so she can see on web where I have been !


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Look here : http://www.findmespot.com/en/

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Hi...Rick B. here
This sounds like what I am looking for but can you tell me how to connect my laptop to these radios. What I need to do is send out daily emails to my family and my editor....I will be sailing around the world in two years and writing a book on it. I would like to do most of my email while out to sea

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Sorry - SPOT cannot do that - it does NOT connect to your computer -

You program a basic message when you set up your SPOT account - in my case "All is fine I am here "  and when I hit the okay button the SPOT sends that message via the global star satellite packet network which arrives at pre-programmed email addresses in my case my wife's email - and only gives her the basic message I programmed and my location .

It is not a two way system - it can be thought of as a beacon

For email / text etc you need to look at other systems.

Good luck !

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Emailing people form out at sea is simply a single side band radio and a modem to interface with your computer. One of the earlier posts talks about sailmail as the solution. As I mentioned one of my sailing students has emailed me from all over the world using sailmail. As far as weather goes when you are going to make a crossing you can actually pay someone as a consultant to do your routing and weather. Many cruisers are actually doing this, especially on legs to New Zealand, when you have the potential to get really spanked if you choose the wrong window of weather. Weather faxes are nice out at sea and have been around a long time, it all comes down to your single side band radio. choose a good one.

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Thanks for your help. As far as the weather help, the problem with that is that I will be changing my course often to visit unscheduled ports...this trip is expected to last two years

Also on the radio can I use my gmail account to transmit on the sideband

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Go to the sailmail website I posted earlier and read it. The radio you want is an Icom 710 and you'll want to purchase a radio modem and an automatic tuner. Sailmail will provide you with the software and an email address. This is all text only because the modems are slow.

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