Re: the emergency situation near Belize, Iridium said they added 75 minutes to the account, but the vessel reports they still have no use of the satphone.
Hams continue to provide 2-way communications
with the distressed vessel. BTW, both the vessel -- a 38' steel sloop
-- and its owner are in distress
. It does appear that the Belize Coast Guard will arrive at their position shortly.
1. As Lake Superior
said, it's always good to have a backup plan
2. Hundreds of hams were and continue to be listening
and prepared to provide any help they can, including contacting the Belize and U.S. Coast Guards or any other facility needed at their own expense. This exemplifies the spirit -- and the power -- of ham radio
Cudos to the Maritime Mobile Service
Net and, especially to KM4MA Paul and W1RKT Bob who as I type this has Iridium on the phone and is trying to resolve the satphone problem.
Let's hope the owner, Robert, gets needed medical
attention fast and that his vessel and crew remain safe.