Originally Posted by Hud3
On the other hand, with Iridium you can't...
1. participate the regional cruisers' nets
all with no charges for minutes used.
But mind the initial cost of the SSB! And it is not only the tranceiver unit but also the antenna, the ground, the tuner and, if you want data, the most inexpensive pactor
, PLUS you need pretty decent batteries AND a way to charge them.
AND by many maritime authorities, a license is required (both for the ship station AND the operator).
I think SSB is cool if you already have one in place. For all new installations I would always place the sat before the SSB, except when the boat's owner is an SSB hugger.
It is such a pity the Inmarsat is so expensive. The new solution from Iridium (Open Port) is cheaper (but not cheap) - but given the problems I have seen with Iridium plain data service
I would not go for the new thing either.
PS I do recommend an SSB receiver to anybody - inexpensive and gives us the weather forecast
via voice and the radiofax! Way cool to me while my crew can listen to shore news from all over the world.