I assume that you'll do some research
and learn quite a bit, prior to your departure......
Using satcom for all your weather info and communications
is unusual, but the wording of your posts make we recommend that you take a serious look at what's the more reliable and accurate weather / comm systems for your application....everyone's desires / applications vary, so what works for one might not for another, and vice versa.....(but, in general, most WILL have an HF radio
on board...at least a receiver...)
Perhaps reading over a few threads here will help....
Originally Posted by Mate
What about if your doing the milk run and only have a sat ph . How do you download your weather . For Dummies.
Why doesn;t Sirus cover more area, it looks like it would be a great , easy , cheap way to go
....my next pasaage across the Pacific from mexico
to aus is a bit of a worry with my complete lack of understanding.
I will have a sat ph only . No HF radio
The new inmarsat pro sat ph , has the capabilities to send your position via tex .
Is there a service
you can recieve where they could simply tex you back the weather in laymans , if you told them your predicted course ( before leaving) and currant position .
Something like " wind
and wave for next 48 hrs OK , possible squalls later in the week.Nothing over 30knts predicted.
Sounds easier and far less expensive for the beer budget
Im starting to worry myself.
Without going into great detail here, the basics are:
a) The primary weather data / forecast
info that is used by most mariners (both sailors/cruisers, and many professional shipping) is HF radio WeFax, Text, and Voice weather data / forecasts....these are the least expensive for the end-user (cruiser).....and you can't get better weather data and forecasts for the "Milk Run", than from the NWS / NOAA Ocean Prediction Center (the "gold standard"), AUS Met Off, and NZ Met Off.....
(Some also find "Sat C" / INMARSAT C to be very useful as secondary to their F radio set-up....)
b) Secondarily, you'll find the data from saildocs.....via HF radio w/ PACTOR modem
or sat phone
c) Third, you'll find the data from GRIB charts (computer generated models), via HF radio w/ PACTOR modem
or sat phone
d) Fourth, if you've got the $$$$$ (like the big ships do) you'd have a Fleet Broadband
system as your primary, and HF radio as secondary....
PLEASE have a look at these recent threads, and the references
given there, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what's what....
Ham, $$B, Iridium ?
If Data Connection Is Necessary, What's Best ?
HF SSB Radio Frequencies for South Pacific, SE Asia and Australia
WX Channels on Short Wave - Help!
I hope this helps...
s/v Annie Laurie