• November 11, 2019 at 7:08 pm#41987
    Peter Haliburton

    What types of radio transceivers do you carry, and what licenses are required for their legal operation? Are there cruiser nets where you have traveled?

    Living and sailing in Newfoundland, Canada

    November 13, 2019 at 7:21 pm#42236

    Hi Peter,

    We have an Icom IC-M421 VHF. I took my license exam and it covers us for the boat, meaning we carry one license per boat and it covers anyone else on board.

    We had varying degrees of success with SSB. We installed a ground plane by running copper sheeting from the chart table, through the heads, rear cabin and up to the split backstay that acted as an antenna. It was grounded to a dedicated ground plate through-hull fitting. Our first SSB was an Icom 710, which even by today’s standards is quite a nice bit of kit. Unfortunately the display stopped working within a few days of installing it (it was second hand) so we had no idea which frequency we were tuning in to! We sold it and picked up a second hand sat phone, again with varying degrees of success.

    Our second SSB unit wasn’t even fully operational. The gold standard is the Icom 802 but it is an expensive bit of kit. It wasn’t something we were ever in a position to purchase when we were still entertaining the idea of SSBs.

    Roll on a few years and we sold the sat phone (for $50, believe it or not!) and treated ourselves to an Iridium Go! and have never looked back.

    Nets do continue to run but I know a few popular ones have closed down over the last few years. Much as I loved the idea of fiddling with all that gear and chatting to passing astronauts, it was too much hassle. The Go! is so easy to use. It’s worth every penny.

    Still waiting for cheap 3G connection though…

    Peace and fair winds!

    November 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm#42328
    Manuel Marinelli

    I guess nowadays internet is widely available whenever near shore.

    The Iridium go is a nice bit of kit with decent rate prices for sure!
    In our case we opted for the Yellowbrick, which enables you to two way communication for very little money (10cents a message) and also acts as a tracking device you can connect straight to your website, which is a nice thing to have for everyone who might be worried about you shoreside.

    That’s just the few drops of wisdom I can add to this 😉

    Fair winds!

    November 15, 2019 at 9:50 pm#42329
    Danny Basso

    thanks for share it

    Buon Vento

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