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Old 02-09-2016, 01:24   #31
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

http://youtu.be/EBW5K-6_G5E

This is amazing
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Old 02-09-2016, 03:21   #32
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

Seems to be Thuraya under another name. Very good if you don't want to call small Pacific states from memory.


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Old 02-09-2016, 06:20   #33
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

Its a POS. Not even as good as GlobalStar.

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With all these devices, especially GO, it's hard to see how they work in a lifeboat situation. They are not waterproof and the brick of a GO isn't very good working object juggling with equipment in a liferaft.

My vote Get an Iridium handheld.
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Mounting an external antenna high is only important for reaching land based antennas which are in a horizontal path. Satellite antennas are in the sky so cabintop, pushpit rail etc are just as good and much easier to install.
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

I guess we are getting choices on user convenience and lower costs vs the reliability of a dedicated sat phone as Salty recommends.

I need to do a lot more homework before making an intelligent comparison, but for my upcoming needs of cruising the western Pacific and Asia ....this coverage seems adequate.

I like the fact that you can communicate seamlessly between Cellular and Satellite using the same smart phone device as an internet tether on board, as I do now.

My guess is that this is the future the big phone companies are backing as they consolidate the terrestrial bandwidths with Satellites to fill in the gaps.
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

Q: Do you need a SSB now? Is it really going to be utilized that much?
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

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Q: Do you need a SSB now? Is it really going to be utilized that much?
Good question.
As I have a good working SSB, I decided to keep it as a back up but reinstalled in a less prominent location.

The only SSB com needs that I am aware of these days.... is contacting the remote island atoll's in the Pacific to help bring them emergency supplies if heading their way.
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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

I installed a regular unit below decks just under the deckhouse where there is no wiring. it Works fine. If used it for 9 months now for my Pacific crossing to Tahiti. It was great. Sending short texts is most useful to keep n touch. Found one on eBay for $750. Annual subscription $700. More than enough. I have not bothered to try internet. Sailmail has a tutorial on how to use it for grin files but the regular Ssb worked well for that.


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Iridium Go vs SSB


I am all about backup and redundancy. I have both. Crossing the Atlantic form18 days I had a crew with a broken collarbone. The Ssb did not cut it. I feel better with having both.


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Re: Iridium Go! Anyone?

I used Iridium Go on a South Atlantic crossing last fall and and a Maui to PNW crossing last month.

Text messaging, email worked well. For some reason my Samsung S5 was distorting when making phone calls this summer. No one else had that issue.

Primarily used to download gribs, navtex and weatherfax from saildocs this summer. I also had to call the owners a couple of times to deal with issues. Used Predictwind, text and phone last fall.

On SSB versus sat phone - If forced I would go with a stat phone. In 2012 during a medical issue crossing from Maui the SSB was useless; we successfully used the sat phone to contact a Rescue Coordination Center and effect a medevac.
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