Originally Posted by Randyonr3
The reason I'm asking is that as I've read throu some of the talk like on "noon-site" many contacts for weather
around the world is over the Ham bands......
NO country check licences!!!!!!!!!!!!! No country checks the heads for holding tanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! God only knows what happens in the USA but NO
where have we even had the boat inspected even for guns
and drugs except for australia
(and then only clearing in!)
Someone sugested the FCC would get you. Thats only in the USA. Outside they have no jurisdiction. Do they?
Man, Randy, I gotta tell you, the BS we hear on our HF receiver with the cruisers nets would make anyone give up sailing. Its all so frikkin negative: "And is all is well on board?" every call. OF COURSE! Why wouldnt everything be all well on board? Said with a down bend inflection we have heard weeks of everyone hating passages.
It makes passage-making so scary to hear the odd person say that no all is not 'well' its 'SENSATIONAL!!!!!!!!'
etc comes through my Sat Phone
(Thanks James S!!!!) I SMS my sister for 50 cents and she sms's me back (for free on the internet) the weather.
for grib files may be a bit different but the cost of $5,000 for the HF and the pactor
makes it silly against Sat Phone
The women on crusing boats are scared stupid enough of being outside the sight of land and whenever they are, the old man is sitting hunched over the radio
learing that it doesnt propogate... then woman then thinks shes cut off from the world in an emergency
. And she is! But a sat phone you are instantly onto the authorities, in real time! A a person to speak with voice to voice, clear as a bell.
the marine HF radio is used less and the ham radio is used more.. or have I got it wrong nd all that is used is the marine side band.. if so I'lldo a lock-out on the radio and only use the Marine SSB part of the radio.
Mate, NEITHER is used!
We have a bunch of people with Sailmail or Winlink email
addresses and they obviously use it to get emails off HF -but only email
- .... but really who needs email at sea unless in emergency
(when sat can do it).
In reality at sea on passage
you are by yourself. You are out there and you get the weather God gives you. And the day you get to port you get onto the local VHF
net (Treasures of the Bilge
, New arrivals Please Check IN!) and you get a new USB SIM card for the internet
and get back on line for maybe $30.
Also remember all those stats about time spent at ses Vs time at anchor
. Since Jan 10th we have had more time at sea than anyone - about 55 days. How much time are you really on passage
out of sdight of land?
Ham radio and HF marine is not essential or even on a low scale of 'necessary' any more. Its a fun thing to have if you have a spare $5,000.
That does not mean its not a useful skill to have for a person. There is useful information to be had from it. people who use it well and without using other services would absoluty rely on it. It is not dead in the water
But like any service
that has relied on such out dated technlogy as morse code to allow enterence, it has not kept up enough to make the new generation of cruisers wish to need/want it. Am I saying their ain't no 'Facebook' on HF? Perhaps. There might be 2 million Ham users in the world but they are not re-inventing HF to where its necessary.
I commend you with using it and getting the equipemnt, but its an adjunct to the scources you will likely use for weather, routing, plotting, and general information.
I hope this all makes sense as not a missive against HF.