Originally Posted by hoppy
Do you keep your phone active throughout the sailing season or did you just have the phone for your sails
to and from NYC
Just for the passage
as it can be contained into a month. There is a roll-over fee of $50 per month which I will pay for 1 extra month if I think the passage
may be broken.
Its certainly not perfect trying to do it on a budget
Also some companies charge an extra $50 per month just for the email
If I remember correctly, for my last trip to NYC I bought 75 minutes for 1 no th with 1 rollover fee.
It took the company 12 minutes to set the damn thing up!
I used 6 minutes on my first GRIB download and then 2 minutes for each subsequent group of grib + emails (send all together is much quicker)
And I got to NYC with at least 32 minutes remaining.
The trick with sending the emails is:
1) write Grib request email
for a small as possible area and hit Send. It sits in Outmail till u connect and goes first.
2) write other emails to friends. Hit send.
3) Use a smartphone star gazing app like Star Guide (free) and see when an iridium satellite
is about to come up over the horizon in a high trajectory so it will be high in the sky for the longest period.
4) connect Sat Phone. Connecting and signing off takes about 1 minute(!). Send emails first (Grib request goes first). By the time all emails are sent the Grib file is ready to be downloaded! So when u hit receive you get it.
I was finding its all done in 2 minutes. And 1 minute of that is connecting/disconnecting.
Saves a LOT of time.
Others may have a better trick